Henry on importance of Dalglish, Allen nears Liverpool return

Gerrard to equal Charlton record whilst Sterling shines for young Lions.

Liverpool Principal Owner John W Henry said it was important to bring Kenny Dalglish back to Anfield because it was ‘important for the future’ of the club.

Dalglish has returned to the club’s board of directors, just 17 months after being sacked as manager and Henry told the club’s website: ‘I am delighted to welcome Kenny Dalglish back to Anfield.

‘Kenny is a towering figure in the history of Liverpool Football Club. Along with Bill Shankly, he embodies what the club stands for.’

Midfielder Joe Allen believes he is very close to returning to full fitness after telling Liverpool’s club website he’s hopeful he will be available for selection for the trip to Newcastle next week.

‘It has been a frustrating time – it always is when you’re injured – but I’m finally getting there. It was the one [game] I had in the back of my mind anyway, so it has worked out quite nicely in that sense.’

Captain Steven Gerrard will equal the record of Sir Bobby Charlton by playing his 106th game for England tonight, leaving him only two games behind World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore, and Gerrard said he was honoured to equal Charlton’s record.

‘Sir Bobby Charlton is one of the best players to every play for England so I’m very flattered and honoured to equal his record.

‘Hopefully it can be a good memory as well and we can get the win we need. The games against Montenegro and Poland will be right up there with the most important games I’ve played for England.’

Raheem Sterling played a part in the England under-21’s 4-0 win against San Marino, playing a part in three of the goals.

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