Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he doesn't yet know what Kenny Dalglish will decide in terms of team selection for this weekend's Merseyside derby, but says if selected he is ready to give his all for the Reds shirt.
After overcoming a troublesome six months of injury, the inspirational skipper is working his way back to full fitness, and having made a couple of appearances from the Liverpool bench, the 31-year-old midfielder feels he is nearing his peak.
"I'm feeling okay," said Gerrard. "I'm improving day by day, getting fitter and sharper and now it's all about me trying to get as much game time as possible in the coming weeks to get myself up to one hundred per cent.
"When you come back from a big injury and a big operation it's all about overcoming hurdles that are put in front of you and I did say I felt fit and strong and the groin was fine in general, but I still had to go out and play for the first time in front of a big crowd and come through it.
"I've missed an awful lot of football but now I'm back and I want more game time. Kenny knows that and everyone knows I'm desperate to get out there and play."
Looking ahead to Saturday's Goodison Park encounter, Gerrard admits there is always an added incentive to perform well against Everton, and this weekend's Merseyside derby will be no different.
"I think it's the best week of the season," he enthused. "These are the two favourite games for me with Manchester United a close second. Because of the Merseyside rivalry and the buzz you get from beating them, it's probably my favourite game, so I'm looking forward to it.
"We need to play without fear. Sometimes in derby games you can get involved in the fight and forget to play. It becomes a battle and a tussle rather than us settling and playing our own game.
"We like to pass and move, attack quick and stay compact when we haven't got the ball, so if we can settle really quickly into the game I'm really confident we can get the right result.
"We'll just have to wait and see what Kenny decides to do with the team and whether I'm going to be in from the start or on the bench, but whatever he decides I'll be ready."
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