The decision to take Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard, and Daniel Agger out of the end of season mix was a justified one; Allen had apparently been struggling for months with a shoulder injury before player and club decided he couldn't carry on, and both Gerrard and Agger had a lengthy enough injury history that any preventative measures should be taken, even if it meant missing out on the club's final two matches. And while treatments were reportedly a success for all, there were rumblings that Gerrard had suffered a setback similar to what had occurred two seasons ago, but the club swiftly moved to deny any such claims today.
The Reds skipper underwent surgery in May to correct a recurrent injury and was forced to miss the club's final two matches of the 2012-13 season. A newspaper report published on Wednesday suggested the 33-year-old has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation - but the club can report that Gerrard's recovery remains fully on track. As stated originally, the club's medical team are confident that the midfielder is on schedule for his comeback and expect Gerrard to be fit and ready for pre-season training.
That's good news for folks hoping to see the skipper on the preseason tour (love you Australia) and at his testimonial against Olympiakos in early August, though there wouldn't necessarily be any rush to get him back into the fold for anything other than publicity and sentiment at this point.
Liverpool's midfield can and should be able to cope without Gerrard heading into this next season, with Joe Allen back and fit, and Lucas and Jordan Henderson showing over the season's last few matches--meaningless as they might have been--that they're a more than serviceable partnership. Whenever the captain returns to the fold it's likely that Brendan Rodgers will plug him back in straightaway, which I suppose is fine given the improvements he made over the second half of the season. But Liverpool's going to have to start life without Steven Gerrard at some point, and if there end up being any questions about his fitness or availability heading into next season, they might as well start now.