Dalglish: Gerrard progress 'hugely encouraging'

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Kenny Daglish has allayed fears that Steven Gerrard could be set for a lengthy layoff by claiming the Liverpool captain is 'well on his way' to full fitness.

Gerrard has made only five appearances for the Reds since March following a succession of injury setbacks relating, in the main, to a persistent groin complaint.

However, Gerrard is currently sidelined with an ankle infection, and has been forced to sit out of Liverpool's last two encounters, as well as the England squad that will face Spain.

Dalglish, though, was able to give a positive update on the progress of his captain following the weekend's goalless draw with Swansea City.

"He's fine," said the Liverpool boss. "Everything been checked and the figures are hugely encouraging and well on his way to recovery."

Liverpool were left frustrated by the Swans at Anfield on Saturday as Michel Vorm, in particular, excelled for Brendan Rodgers' side.

And Dalglish concedes his side still have plenty of things to work on in order to improve their all-round performance.

"We just need to keep working on it and keep getting in there," he added.

"But we haven't got in there as often as we have done in the past games. They are problems we can solve ourselves.

"We have to look at ourselves and expect better performances than what we produced there."

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