FORMER Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes the return to fitness of “Superman” Steven Gerrard can inspire the club to a top four finish next season.

Skipper Gerrard missed the last two and a half months of last season due to a groin injury but after undergoing surgery he’s now on the comeback trail.

Redknapp believes the 31-year-old will have a key part to play in ensuring the Reds build on the progress they made following the appointment of Kenny Dalglish in January.

“I hope he is back to full fitness next year – he is Superman,” Redknapp said.

“I spoke to him and he said he feels great and really strong.

“I think it’s really exciting times with Kenny back there and Luis Suarez – I love watching him play.

“I hope we can get back certainly into Champions League football. With Kenny, I believe that can happen.”

Redknapp, who was signed by Dalglish from Bournemouth in 1991, admits his old club has been transformed by his former boss over the past six months.

“It was different class to see Kenny back,” he added.

“All the fans have responded to it. When I’ve been to Anfield the atmosphere has been so good because he’s there. He has that magnetism. People love him and love watching his teams play.

“Next year will be the most open league title in years. You look at it and with one or two new players I don’t think Liverpool will be far away. I’d love to see that.”