Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he will be ready and fit again for pre-season, despite shoulder surgery forcing him out of the Reds’ last two games of the season.
The decision was made after last Sunday’s goalless draw with Everton at Anfield that Gerrard would undergo the surgery, meaning and end to the current campaign for the 32-year-old.
Speaking to LFC TV, Gerrard explained the timing of the surgery: “Between the medical staff and myself, we’ve decided the best decision is to get it done now so I am ready for pre-season training.
“I’m very disappointed to miss the last two games, but it’s a stage now where it’s probably better if another player plays because he’ll be able to offer more because the shoulder is quite sore.”
Gerrard’s absence means the Liverpool midfielder has played his last game with veteran defender Jamie Carragher, who will play his last game for the Reds at Anfield next week against QPR.
The Reds could still mathematically finish sixth in the table, but look set for a seventh place finish – with Fulham away the next fixture this weekend.
Gerrard added, “I’m sure we’ll be looking to finish on a high. Fulham is a tough game away from home, but I am quite confident. We’re playing really well away from home – if you look at our recent performances against Aston Villa, Reading where we should have won comfortably and Newcastle where we blew them away.
“If we can hit anywhere near close to those three performances, I’m sure we can get three points at Fulham.
“Then there’s Jamie Carragher’s last game against QPR. I think all the players in the dressing room, all the supporters and the staff need to give him the lift he needs to make sure he goes off with a win.”
Gerrard has started 36 times for Liverpool in the league this season, scoring 9 times.