Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clarke can't wait for the return of captain Steven Gerrard from injury.
The 31-year-old missed the end of season run-in after undergoing groin surgery.
The skipper has started just six games under new manager Kenny Dalglish, and Clarke can't wait for his return.
"He's vitally important. Steven hasn't featured much since I came to the club. He's been in and out with a niggling problem with his groin, and hopefully the operation has cured it.
"A fit and fully firing Steven Gerrard can only improve the squad.
"He's certainly one of the most complete footballers of his generation. Over the last 10 or 12 years there have been a number of really top English players and certainly Steven is one of them.
"I've only seen little glimpses of him since I came here but he's a captain who, rather than speaking and motivating, leads by example on the pitch. I am looking forward to seeing him do that next season."