Steven Gerrard will not travel with Liverpool for their pre-season tour of Asia. Instead, the skipper will remain at Melwood to continue his rehabilitation in preparation for the start of the new season. "Steven and the medical team have done fantastically well so far and are in the final stages of getting him back into training," said manager =Kenny Dalglish. "I'm sure there will be supporters disappointed that he is unable to be with us in Asia but I'm sure the same people will appreciate the importance of Steven getting himself the best possible opportunity to be fit to play against Sunderland on the opening day of the new campaign. "Steven continuing his rehabilitation programme at Melwood is in everybody's long-term interests."