Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has admitted that club captain Steven Gerrard will most likely require surgery on his groin problem as the England international is left at home for the sides Europa League trip to Braga.
Gerrard was thought to have played within himself during his side’s 3-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday, and a decision around his fitness will be made on Friday.
Gerrard has been carrying the problem for a month now and has missed several games as a result. Surgery would also rule him out of England’s two games with Ghana and Wales, as well as most of the rest of Liverpool’s season.
Dalglish tried to put a positive spin on the injury, but seemed to accept he would probably need surgery to fix the problem. “For Steven and us it’s a niggling problem to which we have to find a solution.
“Hopefully, it will be cleared up and he will be available for most matches. But everyone has to be carefully managed, whether they’re fully fit or slightly fit.
“That’s why we have a squad of players, because sometimes the most important ones are those who don’t play as often as they’d like.
“There’s no way we will speculate about any player, especially Steven. It’s a problem that is minimal but needs to be fixed.”
Dalglish also insisted that he was not driven by personal success, and more by getting Liverpool back where they belong.
“It is no less an ambition to me than winning the next game,” said the Scot.
“It is not about Kenny Dalglish and my ambition, it is the club’s ambitions and they have an ambition to be in a much healthier position than they are at this time.
“We will strive to do our best to get as far up the (league) table as we can and also in the Europa League and we will see where it takes us.
“But we won’t lose out on anything from a lack of desire.”