Steven Gerrard provides update on his fitness - straight back in the starting XI?

Steven Gerrard Celebrates

Steven Gerrard is in line for his first game since a hamstring injury he picked up against Tottenham.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has confirmed he is available for Monday night's trip to Swansea City in the Premier League.

Gerrard has been sidelined with a hamstring injury ever since he was substituted in the 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur on February 10.

Ever since the Reds have been in very good form in the league and have put themselves within striking distance of the top four, but Gerrard's return to the side could be timely.

At a press conference ahead of a charity game organised by himself and Jamie Carragher, Gerrard said: "I've just got over the hamstring injury and I am fit and available for the next game.

"I want to finish [this season] really strong. I want to leave the team in the top four and hopefully go all the way in the FA Cup, that'll be how I want to sign off."

In the absence of Gerrard, and fellow central midfielder Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen has been partnering Jordan Henderson in the middle of the park, with Emre Can deputising if one or the other had to miss out for a game, involving a reshuffle in the back line. 

With Gerrard's availability, the Reds should take the opportunity to let Emre Can return to the back three to give it a bit more sense of stability having endured a degree of disruption in recent weeks. 

The next thing to consider is the fitness of Joe Allen who was sorely missed during the FA Cup draw with Blackburn Rovers, who has earned his place in the starting XI in recent weeks, and he perhaps should be given the nod ahead of the Liverpool captain.

But if it's a risk, then Gerrard's place alongside Henderson in the midfield should be assured, but he has a way to go to get into the side on merit. If Allen is fit, it wouldn't be a surprise if Gerrard were to start from the bench.

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