Liverpool manager wants Steven Gerrard treated carefully by England

Liverpool were crying out for Steven Gerrard as they succumbed to a 4-0 thrashing by Tottenham last Sunday, although there is no certainty that the Reds skipper will start against Wolves on Saturday, with Kenny Dalglish preaching a cautious approach as the player begins his return after a six-month lay-off. Gerrard made a late substitute appearance at Brighton on Wednesday…

Liverpool were crying out for Steven Gerrard as they succumbed to a 4-0 thrashing by Tottenham last Sunday, although there is no certainty that the Reds skipper will start against Wolves on Saturday, with Kenny Dalglish preaching a cautious approach as the player begins his return after a six-month lay-off.

Gerrard made a late substitute appearance at Brighton on Wednesday and is likely to be on the bench for the Wolves game, with Dalglish also hoping that Fabio Capello recognises that the player should be used sparingly after recent recovery from a groin operation.

“I don’t pick England’s team. Whatever they have to do, they have to do,” the Liverpool manager said. “But I would just hope they are as intelligent as what we have been.”

“The most important thing for us is to continue the way we have done so far; to make sure we are responsible enough to get him through this and move him forward. He deserves to progress. It’s been a disappointing time for him with injuries and we don’t want to ruin this opportunity after he has done so well.

“We will continue to be as diligent as we have been. We don’t have any programme set up whereby it was 20 minutes last night, so much more the next time. We just need to take it as it comes and he understands that. Everyone is delighted for him that he’s back playing and making good progress.”

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