Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge says that a fully-fit Steve Gerrard must start against Manchester United when the two teams meet at Anfield on Oct. 15. Gerrard recently returned to action after a six-month injury layoff and has played only sparingly while regaining his game fitness.
Aldridge wrote in the Liverpool Echo, "He's only had a 13-minute and 15-minute run-outs since coming back from his groin injury so getting some games up at Melwood, away from the cameras, will be of real benefit for Steven ahead of Manchester United coming to Anfield a week on Saturday -? Gerrard has got to start that game because he knows what is required in that match more than most."
As Liverpool's longtime captain and talisman, Gerrard is an essential piece of his team's quest for a top-four finish in the English Premier League. His experience and determination inspire teammates, while opponents fear his drive and invention.
Aldridge credits Gerrard's introduction to Saturday's Merseyside derby as a the decisive moment in Liverpool?s 2-0 victory over Everton.
He wrote, "When he came on against Everton, Gerrard was like the conductor. Gerrard was one of the main reasons Liverpool finally utilised their one-man advantage; his captaincy and experience won the game."
Gerrard's last start for Liverpool was on March 6, 2011 against Manchester United. He went 90 minutes in its 3-1 victory over the Red Devils.