Kenny welcomes Gerrard return

Gerrard has only recently come back into contention for the Reds

following a groin operation which kept him on the sidelines for six

months. He has so far made only three appearances as a substitute,

while he was left out of England’s squad for the 2-2 draw with

Montenegro in Euro 2012 qualifying last Friday. Dalglish has been

careful not to push the midfielder too hard during the early part

of his comeback, but he has spent the international break working

hard on his fitness. Gerrard is now expected to be recalled to the

starting XI for the visit of Manchester United to Anfield on

Saturday. And Dalglish is delighted to have such a key player

available once again as Liverpool look to mount a strong challenge

in the Premier League this season. “A fit Steven Gerrard

strengthens this football club, no question. If you have Steven in

your squad, it’s going to raise the profile and standard,” said

Dalglish. “We want to have a really strong squad – and him being in

it makes it that much stronger.”