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Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard believes he is fitter and stronger than he has been in years as he prepares for new Premier League season.
Gerrard has, in the past 12 months, had surgery to repair a groin problem and a shoulder injury rectified which has allowed him to get a full pre-season under his belt with Brendan Rodgers’ side this summer.
Gerrard believes he will go into competitive action firing on all cylinders and is looking forward to the season’s start and, when quizzed if he was feeling as fit as ever, he told his press conference: “I do, actually. But that is not just because of the pre-season work I’ve done so far, I think it’s been over the last 14 to 16 months since I had my groin fixed – I haven’t felt better.
“In pre-season so far I’ve done the majority of the training and played all the minutes in the games – I feel really good and strong.”
Gerrard is also happy with the Liverpool squad as a whole as they look to break back into the Champions League qualification places but knows keeping Luis Suarez at the club could be crucial to that.
“I am hoping from a biased point of view that he gives us another year and shows us the form he did last season,” he added.
“Maybe it will be time for him to go next year or the year after. I don’t think it is the right time for him to go just yet.”
The 33-year-old Reds skipper is looking forward to leading the side out at Anfield to face Olympiacos for his testimonial on Saturday fresh from extending his contract with the Merseysiders for another two years.