STEVEN GERRARD today gave Liverpool a major boost as the skipper revealed he is ready to relaunch his season against Manchester City.
The Reds' talisman has been limited to just 70 minutes on the pitch since he injured his groin during England's 1-0 defeat in Ukraine on October 10.
Rafa Benitez raised the suggestion last month surgery might be required to solve the problem but, fortunately for Gerrard and his manager, that option has been avoided.
He has responded to treatment at Melwood since being pressed into emergency action against Birmingham last Monday and Gerrard - who scored a crucial penalty in that 2-2 draw - is now ready to step up another level this weekend.
'I felt very tired after the game, as I wasn't really ready to return (against Birmingham) and I'd done very little training in the three weeks beforehand,' said Gerrard.
'It took me two or three days to recover from that game but I have spent the past week doing strengthening work but I'm feeling a lot better now. I'm looking forward to the weekend. There's no mental hurdle to cross.
'I've had a problem in my groin that has taken a while to get over but I'm just relieved the second injection seems to have done the trick.
'It's a case of so far so good and the aim now is to make sure I get a good week's training under my belt so I'm ready for the game with City.'