Club captain Steven Gerrard will not be travelling on the club’s 2 match Asia tour later this month as he continues his rehabiliation from surgery.
Manager Kenny Dalglish said:
“Steven and the medical team have done fantastically well so far and they are in the final stages of getting him back to full training.
“I’m sure there will be supporters disappointed that Steven is unable to be with us in Asia, but I’m sure the same people will appreciate the importance of Steven giving himself the best possible opportunity of being fit to play against Sunderland on the opening day of the new campaign.
“Steven continuing his rehabilitation programme at Melwood is in everybody’s long term interests.”
Liverpool will kick off their first game of the summer in China on the 14th July, and Steven Gerrard admits he is disappointed to be missing from the 8 day trip.
“I’d really been looking forward to travelling out to China, Malaysia and Singapore and meeting first hand as many of our fans as possible, and I’m really sorry that I won’t now be able to do that.
“All of us at the Club realise the incredible support we enjoy in these countries and how much it means to our supporters there. But after sitting down and talking with the medical experts and technical staff, it’s been decided that the best course of action is for me to continue my rehabilitation programme at Melwood.
“It’s disappointing I won’t be with them, but I’m sure the lads who go out there will put a great show on for our fans.”
Steven Gerrard missed the final two months of the season after a recurrent injury eventually forced him to have surgery. At the time he said that he expected to be ready for the start of the Premier League campaign, which is still over a month away.