Date: 8th September 2008 at 7:36pm
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Steven Gerrard won’t be rushed back into action from his latest injury and will miss Saturday’s game against United. I’m not sure if it’s good news.

Of course, Gerrard is an influential captain, fighter, goalscorer etc., insert any superlative you wish. Many say that Liverpool are a pretty average side without him.

The thing is, they are a pretty average side with him as well. Granted, he and Torres are the only ones who are capable of moments of inspiration and if one of them is absent – only one of them as Torres looks set to return – that should be a huge boost.

But we’ve seen few of those sparks of inspiration from Gerrard when he played against United. Actually, he was better against us when he wasn’t regarded as a brilliant hero in England, the days when he was only a promising player.

In recent seasons, I cannot remember anything worthy of note from Gerrard when he was playing against us. Last season he was twice in the pocket of Anderson, a then 19-year-old, inexperienced Brazilian. So is it such a big deal that he’ll be absent? No, unfortunately not.