Steven Gerrard Pleased With New Arrivals

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he is pleased with the quality of players to have joined the club this summer.Steven Gerrard

Gerrard has been sidelined since the end of last season with a groin injury and is not expected to play until September due to an infection, while Kenny Dalglish has added to the ranks of midfielders at the club with the signings of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing.

The 31-year-old echoed the thoughts of new arrival Adam by insisting that competition for places was a good thing for the Reds, and hopes there are more to come before the end of the month.

“I believe we’ve made some very good signings this summer, with Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Doni all coming in,” he told the club’s official matchday programme.

“Hopefully there will be one or two more arriving before the transfer window closes.

“You always want competition for places because it’s a long season. Obviously it gives the manager more options and it also pushes the players on because they know not everyone can start every game.”

Kenny Dalglish has spent in the region of £100 million since taking over in January, although half that figure was raised by the sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea.

The departure of the Spaniard paved the way for Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez to move to Merseyside.

To Gerrard, the fact that both men have only been at Anfield since the turn of the year means the feelgood factor is still there.

“It also still feels like Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez are new signings, even though they’ve been with us since January,” he added.

“They both did well in the second half of last season. That experience should help them to perform even better in 2011-12.”

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