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Kenny Dalglish has backed inspirational skipper Steven Gerrard to lead Liverpool for many more years.

The 31-year-old will return to the starting line-up for the first time since March 6 at Anfield on Saturday against Manchester United and Dalglish believes the England midfielder is in prime condition after recovering from groin surgery.

United’s squad will feature Ryan Giggs, 37, and Liverpool’s manager sees no reason why Gerrard – and 33-year-old defender Jamie Carragher – cannot emulate the Welshman by playing to a similar age.

‘Carra and Steven have been fantastic for this football club, whether they have been playing or not,’ said Dalglish.

‘Anybody who is an asset to the football club I am sure we will look forward to keeping.

‘I don’t have a figure in my mind and Damien (Comolli) has never told me a figure they have in mind that when they get to 30 they only get a one-year contract. You judge a player on what they are doing on the pitch. It doesn’t matter what their age is.

‘I got a long contract when I was 33, which I couldn’t believe. If you are 20 and not making a contribution you are not going to get a contract. If you are 30 and making a contribution you have more chance of getting one.

‘I am not rigid. If I was asked how long someone’s contract should be, I do not have any hard and fast rules. Everyone is different. ‘People can last longer. If you look at Craig Bellamy, he is 32 and is as fit as anyone.

It was suggested to Gerrard recently that his advancing years might lead to him altering his rampaging style of play but he gave that idea short-shrift, as has Dalglish.

‘Steven is not on a Zimmer!’ said Dalglish. ‘When he plays, you’ll still see him charging forward. He did that against Wolves the other week when he came on. Steven isn’t going to change. He’s probably fitter now than he was before.’

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