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Dalglish warning over Gerrard

Reds boss implies he does not want returning captain to be considered

Last Updated: 22/09/11 4:37pm

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has implied Fabio Capello should not consider Steven Gerrard for England's final Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro.

The midfielder, who Dalglish described as the club's talisman, made a welcome return to action in Wednesday night's 2-1 Carling Cup victory over Brighton.

Gerrard, 31, had been sidelined for more than six months after an operation on a groin problem in March ended his season prematurely.

He came off the bench as a 75th minute substitute at the Amex Stadium but Dalglish said that does not mean it is now full steam ahead for the Reds captain.

England have a Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro on 7th October but Dalglish wants Gerrard to get his match sharpness up at a comfortable speed and for him not to be over-worked too early.

"I don't pick England's team. Whatever they have to do, they have to do."
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"I don't pick England's team. Whatever they have to do, they have to do," said the Scot when asked whether it would be a risk for Capello to name the midfielder in his squad.

"I just hope they are as intelligent as what we have been."

No timescale

Dalglish has always stressed Gerrard's recovery and rehabilitation would not be rushed - despite the player's obvious desire to make a comeback.

And that approach will not change just because Gerrard has now had his first taste of action since 6th March.

"We won't be any more careful, professional or intelligent than we have been," he added.

"He's done fantastic coming back and it's fantastic for the whole club that he is back but the most important person in all of it is Steven himself.

"He's missed an awful lot of football through injury so he's done brilliant to get where he is. We will just continue in the intelligent manner that we have done.

"We can look forward to him getting even fitter. There will be no timescale or programme, we'll just take it as it comes.

"He's the captain and the talisman of the football club and he's just played around 20 minutes for us. He's on his way back and we're absolutely delighted for him."

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