Reds will now be hoping veteran leader can last the whole course next time round.
Liverpool have been handed a major boost with the news that inspirational captain Steven Gerrard will be fit for the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia, which starts next week, says the Daily Mail.
The veteran midfield player was on course to feature in every single minute of every Premier League fixture for the very first time in his illustrious career in the previous campaign, before a debilitating shoulder injury brought a premature end to his season with just two games left to play.
However, having since undergone a successful operation to cure that problem this summer, the 33-year-old has now returned to training with the Reds ahead of schedule, and is on course to feature for Brendan Rodgers’s side in their opening contest of their trip to Asia, against an Indonesian XI in Jakarta on July 20.
But Saturday afternoon’s opening match of preseason, against League one outfit Preston North End at Deepdale, looks like coming just too soon for the England international skipper to take part in.
Either way, Rodgers knows that keeping Gerrard fit and firing for the entire 2013/14 campaign will be crucial to the Merseyside giants’ hopes of finishing the season in the top four come next May, and with it entry into the Uefa Champions League, and after ten goals in his 45 matches for the Reds last time out, you can understand why.