Frustrated Alonso glad to see Gerrard back

Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso is set to miss this Sunday’s Premier League clash at home to Manchester City, but knows the importance of the imminent return of captain Steven Gerrard.

Alonso is suspended for the game, but the latest news on Gerrard’s injury suggests the midfielder could be back on the bench this weekend after three weeks out with a hamstring injury.

On his absence from the squad, Alonso told the club’s official web site, “It’s always frustrating to watch games from the stands but I have known for a while I was likely to miss a match at some point and it has to be this one on Sunday.”

But the Spanish international is looking forward to his teammate Gerrard’s return to the team.

He continued, “It’s good to see Stevie coming back but we have to wait until he is one hundred per cent.

“It’s not intelligent to rush him back. Whenever he feels okay he will be a big part of our squad again.”