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The England international has endured a frustrating year so far and has missed much of the new season with a groin problem, before an ankle infection picked up in October consigned him to the sidelines once more.
Gerrard has been restricted to just two starts and three substitute appearances this season, and while Reds boss Kenny Dalglish refused to rush him back for the crucial game against City, the Scot insisted he was pleased with the speed of his captain’s recover.
“Like we’ve already said, we are delighted with the progress he’s making and we’ve said that we won’t put a date on his return – and we won’t put a date on it now,” Dalglish told reporters.
“We are very happy with his progress. Everyone is available (for Sunday) apart from Steven and Jack Robinson.” He added.
Liverpool go into the game on the back of a much-needed win over top-four rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend, securing all three points thanks to a late strike from former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson.
The Reds will be looking to end City’s unbeaten start to the season when they play hosts to the league leaders at Anfield, and with Johnson edging out Manchester City’s in form fill-back for a place in the recent England squad, Dalglish has backed his man t out-shine his rival once more.
“Well he’s fit. He’s playing really well. We are delighted with the way he’s been playing.” The Scot said.
“At the moment for us he’s in the right-back position and that’s the only team we want to pick. No-one else tries to pick our team so why should we pick theirs.”