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Liverpool morning news: McManaman return, Gerrard dreams of title win

Also, Martin Kelly on the help of a team mate.

Steve McManaman has said he is delighted to be back at the club where he made a name for himself, as he returns to the Liverpool academy as a mentor for the younger players. McManaman is back along with Rob Jones and Robbie Fowler and in an interview with the Liverpool Echo, said it was great to have been invited back by Brendan Rodgers.

He said: ‘Robbie, Rob and myself were all flattered to be asked by Brendan and we’re just there to help in any way we can. We’ve all got other commitments as well so it’s a flexible arrangement when we’re able to go down whenever we want.’

McManaman is also optimistic about the club’s immediate future after making a positive start to the season.

‘I love the way Brendan has got the team playing, and they’ve got the likes of Glen Johnson and Philippe Coutinho to come back into the team over the coming weeks. When everyone is back the manager has got real competition for places so it looks very promising.’

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has said he still won’t give up on the dream of winning the league title with the Reds.

Gerrard has been close to winning the title on a couple of occasions, notably in 2009, but has played down any title expectations this season – and said the side should be aiming for the top four and a return to the Champions League.

‘I’d never say never about our chances of winning the Premier League. But if I’m being honest, that’s not the aim. The aim is a top four place - and to finish above Everton.’

Defender Martin Kelly told the club’s website that Lucas Leiva has helped him through his injury nightmare.

Kelly had spent just over a year on the sidelines after suffering the same injury the Brazilian had nearly two years ago in a League Cup tie at Stamford Bridge.

Kelly said: ‘Lucas has come back successfully. He had a thigh problem after his ACL injury, so that shows how tough a character he is. He’s given me advice in terms of how to take the rehab and how to get over the barrier of throwing yourself back into tackles and getting over the initial injury.’

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