Monday, January 02, 2012

Steven Gerrard Keen To Put Miserable Year Behind Him

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he will be glad to see the end of a year which has seen him sidelined with injuries for long periods.

Last season ended prematurely because of a groin problem in March which required surgery and his comeback in the new campaign was delayed by an infection.

The England midfielder eventually made a return as a substitute in the Carling Cup second-round tie at Brighton in September but after just five appearances he picked up an ankle infection in late October which kept him out for two months.

Gerrard made his long-awaited comeback against Blackburn on Boxing Day and is now looking forward to 2012.

“Without doubt I’ll be glad to see the back of 2011,” Gerrard said.

“It’s been tough but that’s all in the past now.”

“I’m looking forward to 2012. There’s still so much to play for this season.”

“If I can just get a bit of luck and stay fit hopefully I can really enjoy the final five months of the season.”

Gerrard said his latest lay-off had been “absolute torture”.

“It’s just great to be back involved again,” he added.

“When the surgeon said I would miss another eight weeks it took me weeks to get over the news.

“It was a freak injury and coming so soon after being out for so long with my groin it’s been torture.

“I’ve just had to work so hard to get back again and now I’m looking forward to playing games.

“There have been a lot of lonely days in the gym this year when you struggle to motivate yourself.

“I have worked my socks off over the past eight weeks and I feel really good. All I need now is minutes under my belt to get the sharpness back.”

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