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Gerrard blow no excuse for Liverpool

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admits the resilience of his squad may be stretched to the limit by their current injury problems but that will not excuse any drop-off in performances.

Dalglish's fears were confirmed when captain Steven Gerrard, having already been sidelined for a month after a groin operation, was ruled out for the rest of the campaign with an associated injury sustained in training a week ago.

“We've just got to get on with it and accept that's the position we're in. It's up to us to make the best of it,” Dalglish said.

Gerrard will undergo further assessment in order to get to the root of a problem which robbed the England midfielder of his best form over the last few months.

“We still don't know definitively what the problem is,” said Dalglish. “We will wait to get a precise answer from the people that he has to see but he won't be involved again this season.

“We just have to get on with it and, without being disrespectful to the players who are injured, the most important ones are the ones who are fit.

“They are the ones who can be chosen. At this particular moment in time I'm as good a player as Steven.”

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