Gerrard admits difficult period
Steven Gerrard has admitted his recent injury woes have been difficult to cope with but says he is now finally close to full fitness.
The Liverpool skipper is expected to be on the bench once again in the Reds' home clash with Newcastle on Friday as he continues to make his comeback from an ankle injury that has kept him out for the last two months.
He made his return as a sub in the 1-1 draw with Blackburn on Boxing Day and admits it has been hard to watch from the sidelines this season as the ankle problem came on the back of a troublesome groin injury which had plagued him for the previous six months or so.
"It's just great to be back involved again and be back with my team-mates," he told the Liverpool Echo.
"The last eight weeks have been really long. It was a freak injury and coming so soon after being out for so long with my groin it's been absolute torture.
"I've just had to work so hard to get back again and now I'm looking forward to playing games."
Gerrard admits it has been a difficult period in his career but has thanked the fans for their support and now wants to build up his match fitness and play a big part for the Reds in the second half of the season.
"Coming on against Blackburn was special. The reception I got when I came on was really touching and it meant a lot to me.
"There have been a lot of lonely days in the gym this year when you struggle to motivate yourself. But moments like that on Monday night make it all worthwhile.
"The support I've had from the supporters throughout has been magnificent and I want to thank them for that."