Liverpool defender Fabio Aurelio excited by return of Steven Gerrard
Tuesday 11 October 2011
Liverpool defender Fabio Aurelio admits the return to fitness of captain Steven Gerrard has given the squad a timely boost.
The England international is set for his first start since March 6 when Manchester United - coincidentally the team he faced the last time he was in the first XI - line up against the Reds at Anfield on Saturday.
Gerrard has made three substitute appearances totalling just under an hour this season after a delayed comeback from a groin operation, but the international break has given him more time to get himself ready for the clash with their arch-rivals.
"We are all delighted that Stevie is back," said Aurelio.
"He is the captain and a great player, and it is a massive help to the team to have him playing again.
"Gerrard's availability is an added ingredient into what should be an exciting but difficult game for both teams."
Aurelio, who has yet to feature this season, is also fit again and is relishing the visit of the Barclays Premier League champions.
The Brazilian played in the 3-1 win at Anfield last March and while he is unlikely to be considered on Saturday he is looking forward to the encounter.
"After winning the derby we will go into it with a lot of confidence," he told LFC Weekly.
"It is always exciting. It's a pity that it comes just after an international break because it means you don't have as much time to prepare because players are away with their countries but that is the same for both clubs.
"It seems like they (United) have a new team with new players coming in during the summer.
"Like us, they all seem to have settled in well. They are in good form so it will be difficult but we are confident."
Latest in Sport
Radamel Falcao: 'Changes are not easy, but there are times when you have to'
Female BBC presenter receives offensive and sexist letter after she criticised level of women's sport given TV coverage and sponsorship
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
The 12 worst haircuts of the 2014/15 Premier League season
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger sets deadline for Theo Walcott contract talks with Liverpool keeping a close eye on his future
- 1 Toddler throws a tantrum at the White House – in front of Barack Obama
- 2 Irish people are travelling home from all over the world so they can vote to legalise gay marriage
- 3 Picture of couple posing with beached dolphin 'that later died' causes outrage
- 4 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
- 5 Witch doctor arrested after forcing newborn baby to walk in Indian village
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland