Aurelio: Great to have SG back

The England international is set for his first start since March 6

when Manchester United – coincidentally the team he faced the last

time he was in the first XI – line up against the Reds at Anfield

on Saturday. Gerrard has made three substitute appearances

totalling just under an hour this season after a delayed comeback

from a groin operation, but the international break has given him

more time to get himself ready for the clash with their

arch-rivals. “We are all delighted that Stevie is back,” said

Aurelio. “He is the captain and a great player, and it is a massive

help to the team to have him playing again. “Gerrard’s availability

is an added ingredient into what should be an exciting but

difficult game for both teams.” Aurelio, who has yet to feature

this season, is also fit again and is relishing the visit of the

Premier League champions. The Brazilian played in the 3-1 win at

Anfield last March and while he is unlikely to be considered on

Saturday he is looking forward to the encounter. “After winning the

derby we will go into it with a lot of confidence,” he told LFC

Weekly. “It is always exciting. It’s a pity that it comes just

after an international break because it means you don’t have as

much time to prepare because players are away with their countries

but that is the same for both clubs. “It seems like they (United)

have a new team with new players coming in during the summer. “Like

us, they all seem to have settled in well. They are in good form so

it will be difficult but we are confident.”