Kelly hails Gerrard lift

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Liverpool defender Martin Kelly has hailed the return of Steven Gerrard as a major boost on the rest of the Reds squad.

The skipper's Barclays Premier League return added extra spice to the clash against Wolves, which came after Gerrard's first appearance for six-months against Brighton in midweek.

Following last weekend's 4-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, Kelly believes it was desperate for Kenny Dalglish's side to get back to winning ways, and the captain helped lift the crowd in a tense second-half.

"It was good to get back to winning ways (in the league) and I think we needed the three points," the youngster told the official Liverpool website.

"We had the fans behind us and the return of Stevie especially lifted the crowd. We're happy with the win."

A Roger Johnson own goal, deflecting Charlie Adam's long-range striker, followed by Luis Suarez near-post strike gave the Merseysiders a comfortable cushion, but Steven Fletcher scored early in the second period to make things tense.

Kelly acknowledged that the early goals were crucial, and hailed the performance of Uruguayan treammate Suarez, who has been in fine form for the Reds this season.

His current level of performance, along with Gerrard's return and a handful of other midfield and attacking options, means 'King Kenny' now has a selection headache that isn't the worst to have.

"The early goal was vital and we got another from Luis," said Kelly. "We were unlucky not to get a third and it's a pity we couldn't because that would have sealed it, but we were professional and saw the game off.

"It was a great goal from Luis. He's playing at a high standard at the minute. He is even training the same way as he is playing and it's fantastic to have him in the team.

"With Stevie to return, it's going to cause the gaffer even more selection problems. But we're all in it together."

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