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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has expressed his desire for captain Steven Gerrard to return from injury better than ever and prove he is still England’s best midfielder.

Gerrard has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, and will miss England’s crucial clash with Switzerland, and has started his second rehabilitation program following another successful surgery.

Dalglish has admitted that his time with Gerrard as interim manager has made him realize how much talent the skipper possesses, King Kenny expects Gerrard to return next season better than ever.

“I’d like to give Liverpool captain Steve Gerrard a plug at what is a difficult time for him with injuries,” said the Reds boss.  “Steven is the best, full stop. I’ve known him for years, but it’s only since January I’ve had the privilege to work with him up close.

“He has been fantastic and often puts his club, and country, before himself and he has played when maybe he shouldn’t have.  The work he has put in to get himself fit has been incredible. He has put his body through the mincer to play and deserves a bit of luck over injuries.

“Hopefully the prolonged break to rest his groin injury will see him return as strong as ever and still the best midfielder in England.”

Liverpool will be looking to find a foil for Gerrard this summer, however, to ease the burden off the Liverpool icon, and a name that continues to pop up is Blackpool’s Charlie Adam.  Blackpool will be looking for a hefty cash-bag for their captain however, after Adam’s efforts this season have landed him a PFA Player of the Year short-list nomination.