Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Gerrard all set for toon day

The news that Liverpool skipper 'Stevie G' is fit for the weekend may not go down well on Tyneside.

Liverpool's talismanic skipper Steven Gerrard, who has been an influential figure all season for the Reds, whether occupying a position from deep or supporting silky Spanish striker Fernando Torres, will be fit for selection at the weekend, according to club boss Rafael Benitez.

The England international has made a full recovery from the groin injury that has kept him sidelined recently and he has already returned to training.

Gerrard's presence could be of crucial importance for the title run-in, especially as Manchester United compete prior to Liverpool's Sunday showdown with troubled Newcastle United. The Reds, therefore, need to keep on winning.

This news, though, will strike a sense of trepidation into Magpies fans, who know that if they keep on failing to collect maximum points then their Premier League status could eventually be torn up.

Benitez is quoted by The Daily Mail as saying, "Steven is doing well and is training with the rest of the team. I think he will be fit and available for Sunday.

"It is good news for the team and for him because he can be a key player for us over the remaining games. Without Steven the squad has been playing well and scoring goals, so that is positive."

He added that his thoughts remain predominantly pre-occupied with the club's title charge and not with Xabi Alonso's press-speculated move to the Old Lady of Serie A, Juventus.

"I was reading the press and they are talking about different players. I can guarantee today that we are not thinking about selling anyone. All we are thinking about is to do our job and to try and win the Premier League title, if possible.

"After that you never know what can happen in the market. Clearly, at this moment, we are just preparing for winning games."

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