Thursday 29 June 2017

I feared groin injury would end my career, admits Gerrard

Chris Bascombe

Steven Gerrard says he feared his recent groin injury would end his career. The Liverpool captain made his first start in six months when scoring in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Manchester United but admits there were times when he was not sure he would be able to return.

"It's only natural that you have doubts," Gerrard said. "When I got the injury I knew it was going to be a serious one, something that I wasn't used to. I was down, as low as I've ever been as a footballer.

"I was missing training sessions and coming in the day before a game trying to get that last session in, or having injections to play the next day. You can only do that for a certain amount of time and my groin packed in on me."

"When it happened, it took time before I got back into a positive frame of mind. Without a doubt, the last six months have been the hardest of my career."

Meanwhile, Gerrard has responded to comments in Pepe Reina's new autobiography in which the goalkeeper says he wanted the captain and Jamie Carragher to speak out against the former regime of Tom Hicks and George Gillett. "The only reason I didn't speak out was because Rafa Benitez didn't want me to," Gerrard said. "When a situation like that happens I don't think it's the players' responsibility to step in."

Kenny Dalglish, whose first spell as Liverpool manager coincided with the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, has praised those leading the campaign for justice for the 96 victims. On Monday night, MPs unanimously passed a motion calling for all documents relating to the disaster to be made public, following powerful speeches from Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram and former sports minister Andy Burnham.

"Congratulations and thanks to Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham for bringing so much hope to many people who have suffered too long," Dalglish wrote on Twitter. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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