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KENNY DALGLISH believes Liverpool’s summer signings are in for a treat now Steven Gerrard has returned to full fitness.
But the Anfield manager has warned England to tread carefully before handing the midfielder an instant recall to the international fold.
Gerrard made his first appearance in six months on Wednesday with a 15-minute run-out from the bench in the 2-1 Carling Cup win at Brighton and Hove Albion.
During the 31-year-old’s injury-enforced absence, Dalglish splashed the cash during the summer to bring in Jose Enrique, Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing, none of whom appeared on the South Coast this week.
Gerrard has also played only 296 minutes alongside January signing Luis Suarez and spent a mere 16 minutes on the field with club record buy Andy Carroll.
And Dalglish is confident the skipper’s return will help bring out more from this year’s new arrivals.
“He didn’t play too many games from January onwards either due to suspension or the injury he’s had the work done on,” said the Anfield manager.
“The thing for Steven is if he’s around the football club and in the squad, fit and available, it doesn’t half strengthen the squad.
“For the players who have come in this summer they haven’t really seen him train or play games.
“Some may have played against him but some not. They’ve got a lot to look forward to as well.”