Dalglish warns: Don't ask miracles of Gerrard

 

Kenny Dalglish has said that Liverpool must not bank on Steven Gerrard to lift the club closer to their cherished top-four finish in the Premier League or to improve a goals total which he admits is not acceptable.

The 31-year-old club captain is finally restored to the front rank after a miserable 2011 in which he featured in just 12 League fixtures. While his return offers some compensation for the possible eight-game absence of Luis Suarez, Dalglish has suggested that the future for Gerrard will involve managing more limited time on the pitch.

"Steven will help because he's got goals, he's got charisma and he's got presence," the Liverpool manager said of a player who is likely to be on the bench against Newcastle United at Anfield tonight. "He's got everything but we can't throw everything on to Steven. We can't say, 'Steven is coming back, he's going to be the one to do this or that.' If we are going to be a one-man band, we have no chance. If we are going to appreciate what we have and respect the people who play with you and for you, we have a better chance."

Dalglish approaches his first anniversary as Liverpool manager with the club's goal tally the obvious point of concern, their total of 21 in 18 Premier League games less than half that of the dominant Manchester clubs whom Liverpool also trail by 14 points. Gerrard's goals have been sorely needed, with the two-month lay-off caused by an ankle infection, just as he was recovering from a groin operation, limiting him to two League starts this season. Dalglish acknowledged that the midfielder "will help because he's got goals" but indicated he wanted others to score more because – with the exception of four-goal Maxi Rodriguez, the club's second-highest scorer after Suarez – every Liverpool player has scored fewer this season than he had at the equivalent stage in the last campaign.

"I don't think at the goalscoring end we have been prolific at any time [in the past year]," Dalglish said. "But we will get there. We have said enough about it. There's nothing original I can come up with anyway. There is no magic formula."

Liverpool, who Dalglish said have yet to put in a bid for the prolific Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly, appear unlikely to be able to move for Suarez's Uruguayan compatriot Gaston Ramirez. The midfielder will not be leaving Bologna next month, his agent said yesterday. Napoli last week won the race to sign Eduardo Vargas, the 22-year-old Chilean forward whom Liverpool and Chelsea were watching.

Liverpool have lost only one game in which Gerrard has featured since Dalglish's first match in charge: the FA Cup tie at Manchester United during which he was dismissed on 9 January. The manager said that Gerrard looked "even better now than when he last came back" from surgery in October, but seems likely to be cautious about using him in Liverpool's quest for the top-four position which is expected by the club's principal owner, John W Henry. "We're not going to be irresponsible and throw him in and take a chance with him," Dalglish said. "He was back to full fitness and then got a freak injury and that's why he's had to recuperate again but neither of them were related.

"Everyone wants to play but he's got the experience to know that it's difficult to last the 90 minutes. He's just got to manage the number of minutes he gets on the pitch and see how he goes."

Liverpool v Newcastle

Odds Home 4-7; Draw 3-1, Away 11-2.

Kick-off Tonight, 7.45pm (Sky Sports 1, 7-10pm). Highlights Sky Sports 1, 12am.

Team news Luis Suarez is suspended, so Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy may start up front for Liverpool. Steven Gerrard is likely to start on the bench. Demba Ba (knee) has recovered for Newcastle, while Davide Santon is also fit and Dan Gosling returns from suspension.

Suggested Topics
News
scienceExcitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
Life and Style
Customers can get their caffeine fix on the move
food + drink
News
newsRyan Crighton goes in search of the capo dei capi
Arts and Entertainment
Actors front row from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyongío Jr., and, second row, from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyongío and Angelina Jolie as they pose for a
film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
sport
Life and Style
techCould new invention save millions in healthcare bills?
Sport
David Moyes gets soaked
sport Moyes becomes latest manager to take part in the ALS challenge
Voices
A meteor streaks across the sky during the Perseid Meteor Shower at a wind farm near Bogdanci, south of Skopje, Macedonia, in the early hours of 13 August
voicesHagel and Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise, says Robert Fisk
News
peopleEnglishman managed quintessential Hollywood restaurant Chasen's
Life and Style
food + drinkHarrods launches gourmet food qualification for staff
Arts and Entertainment
Michael Flatley prepares to bid farewell to the West End stage
danceMichael Flatley hits West End for last time alongside Team GB World champion Alice Upcott
Life and Style
Horst P Horst mid-fashion shoot in New York, 1949
fashionFar-reaching retrospective to celebrate Horst P Horst's six decades of creativity
News
Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community walk with a rainbow flag during a rally in July
i100
Life and Style
Black Ivory Coffee is made using beans plucked from elephants' waste after ingested by the animals
food + drinkFirm says it has created the "rarest" coffee in the world
Life and Style
news

As Voltaire once said, “Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal”

Life and Style
food + drinkThese simple recipes will have you refreshed within minutes
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Robert Fisk: All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise
Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
What happens to African migrants once they land in Italy during the summer?

What happens to migrants once they land in Italy?

Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked
Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

Radio 1’s new top ten

The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
Florence Knight's perfect picnic: Make the most of summer's last Bank Holiday weekend

Florence Knight's perfect picnic

Polpetto's head chef shares her favourite recipes from Iced Earl Grey tea to baked peaches, mascarpone & brown sugar meringues...
Horst P Horst: The fashion photography genius who inspired Madonna comes to the V&A

Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
Mark Hix recipes: Try our chef's summery soups for a real seasonal refresher

Mark Hix's summery soups

Soup isn’t just about comforting broths and steaming hot bowls...
Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'

Tim Sherwood column

I would have taken the Crystal Palace job if I’d been offered it soon after my interview... but the whole process dragged on so I had to pull out
Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard admits he is still below the level of Ronaldo and Messi but, after a breakthrough season, is ready to thrill Chelsea’s fans
Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
Match of the Day at 50: Show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition

Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

The show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition