KENNY DALGLISH insists he won’t rush Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard back into action.
The Reds midfielder has come through a training match unscathed but the ECHO understands he won’t be considered for Sunday’s trip to Tottenham.
Gerrard, who has been out for six months after undergoing groin surgery, is in contention for next Wednesday’s Carling Cup tie at Brighton.
“We have just got to be careful,” Dalglish said.
“We are not going to get ahead of ourselves here and start talking Steven up for him not to play. That would then be seen as a disappointment. We will just take our time.
“We just need to put the brakes on a wee bit. There is no date set for Steven to come back.
“Steven will be back for us when he is fit and well, when the timing is right for everyone. When he is at that stage, it will be fantastic for everybody but mainly for Steven himself. He loves playing and has been out for a while.
“He came through the training match no problem. Now it is all about timing and common sense.”
Dalglish is relishing the prospect of having his captain back firing on all cylinders.
“If you have got someone like Steven in your squad, it is going to raise the profile and the standard,” he added.
“We want to have a really strong squad and him being in it makes it much stronger.
“A fit Steven Gerrard strengthens this football club, no question. There is no player that will ever get taken for granted here.
“There are players who you will always appreciate what they have done for the football club and he is certainly one of them.”