Steven Gerrard has dismissed suggestions that he has falllen out with Rafa Benitez over his decision to play for England while carrying a knock.
The Liverpool skipper played through the pain barrier with a broken toe in England’s 3-0 win over Israel on Saturday and Benitez had expressed his reservations over Gerrard playing while not fully fit.
The 27-year-old admitted he is still suffering from the injury and he admitted he has been keeping Benitez informed about his fitness.
“I’ve had a few aches and pains, I had a fracture about three weeks ago and was told by the medical staff at England and Liverpool that I will get the odd ache and pain,” Gerrard told the club’s official website.
“I’ve been in contact with Rafa all week. He’s been telling me to be careful but he also understands how desperate I am to play in these games. He’s been really good with me.”
Gerrard could play against Portsmouth at the weekend as the Reds look to maintain their impressive start to the season.
“Could it be a great season at Liverpool? I certainly hope so,” added Gerrard.
“You’ve seen the changes at the club and the signings we’ve made. We’ve got off to a real positive start.
“The idea for us is to stay involved in the title race all the way to the end. It’s early days and there’s a lot of people getting carried away, especially the supporters. But we understand there’s a long way to go.”