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Dalglish: Gerrard on the mend

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish says captain Steven Gerrard is making progress in his recovery from an ankle infection.

Gerrard has already been ruled out of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Swansea while defender Jamie Carragher faces a late fitness test on a strained calf.

“They found the infection and I suppose it’s a wee bit like ‘flu – you know you’ve got it, but you don’t know where it came from,” Dalglish told reporters of Gerrard’s condition.

“But they are treating and it is responding really well, so it’s positive for him. It is nothing more sinister.”

“We’ll check on Carra for Saturday and see how he is. If he’s not going to be right, he is not going to be right.”

“As a football club, we’re much better with those two fit. They’ve been fantastic servants to the club and will continue to be fantastic servants.”

“It was a great achievement for the boys to get a result at West Brom without either of those two playing, but I am sure they’ll not be far away from playing.”

“Everybody else seems to be fine. Nothing new has cropped up, thankfully.”

The Kop icon also praised strikers Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll after the two linked up well against West Brom.

“For us, it is important there are relationships and partnerships within the team,” said the 60-year-old.

“Andy and Luis are just one of the partnerships and the more they train and play together, the better the understanding will be.”

“That also applies to most of the players that have come in. The more time they spend here and together, the better their understanding will be.”

“So far we’ve been delighted with the progress they’ve made.”

Dalglish’s Reds are sixth in the Premier League, 10 points behind leaders Manchester City.

Thu 3 November, 2011
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