Anfield hero pleased to be back.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is delighted to be back playing and can put is injury hell behind him.
The 31-year-old came off the bench in the Reds’ 2-1 Carling Cup win at Brighton last night – his first action for six months.
The England international underwent groin surgery in March and then picked up an infection setting his rehab back.
But the midfielder is now back and is looking to reclaim his regular first-team spot.
“It was good to be back with the lads,” he said. “I’d been out a long time and it was fantastic to be out there in that kit again and it was nice to get a win as well.
“It’s been a nightmare for me. I’m not the best when I’m out injured and watching games. It’s been tough and the last six months have been a rollercoaster.
“But it’s behind me now and I’m looking forward to getting match fit and getting back in the starting line-up.”
The Carling Cup is being taken seriously by manager Kenny Dalglish and Gerrard is hopeful they will be rewarded with a good run.
“We’re glad to be in the draw for the next round and we’re looking forward to seeing who we get in the draw on Saturday,” he added.
“We haven’t been to a major cup final for a long time.
“We have to take every cup seriously and when there’s no Europe that makes it easier to put strong sides out.
“Kenny has assembled a fantastic squad now with a couple of good players in each position.
“Even when he mixes it around or rests people we still put a strong side out like last night.”