Date: 3rd June 2011 at 12:56pm
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The season just ended a few days ago but I am already looking forward to next season. I am not the only one looking forward to the new season but so is Steve Clarke. One of the things Clarke is most looking forward to is working with a fully fit Steven Gerrard next season.

Since Clarke joined Liverpool, Gerrard has only started 6 games due to injury. Gerrard has undergone groin surgery to rectify his groin and our captain says he feels as if he has a new groin and is hoping to be ready for the start of pre-season training.

We really missed a fully fit Gerrard this past season and having him back to full fitness will result in him re-finding his form. A fully fit Gerrard will be as good as signing a new player.

“If he’s speaking encouragingly about it himself then that’s good news for everybody,” first-team coach Clarke told “I’m sure he’ll work hard during the summer, and if he can join us in the first stage of pre-season then that would be great. If not then he’ll join us a little bit later.

“He’s vitally important. Steven hasn’t featured much since I came to the club. He’s been in and out with a niggling problem with his groin, and hopefully the operation has cured it.

“A fit and fully firing Steven Gerrard can only improve the squad.

“He’s certainly one of the most complete footballers of his generation. Over the last 10 or 12 years there have been a number of really top English players and certainly Steven is one of them.

“I’ve only seen little glimpses of him since I came here but he’s a captain who, rather than speaking and motivating, leads by example on the pitch. I am looking forward to seeing him do that next season.”