Liverpool boss relived after Gerrard's acquittal in affray

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London, July 25 (ANI): Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has welcomed back skipper Steven Gerrard after he was acquitted in a night club brawl.

Just hours after his clearance on Friday, Gerrard scored a trademark goal for a Reds XI in a 2-2 draw at Tranmere.

The Sun quoted Kop boss Rafa, as saying: "We are really pleased. He is very important for us and he can now focus just on football.

"We are all pleased at the club and over here at the training camp. We have been supporting him all the time and were just waiting for the decision. Now he can concentrate just on football and hopefully play at the same level as last year," he added.

Gerrard has missed the Singapore trip because of the week-long trial, and will be reunited with the first-team squad next week when they return to the UK.

The midfielder lined up in a youthful Reds side at Prenton Park, and he netted with a low drive from outside the box before being substituted after 63 minutes.

This has not been the smoothest of pre-seasons for Benitez.

Injuries forced Martin Skrtel and Nabil El Zhar to return to England for treatment, while there have been persistent transfer rumours surrounding Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano.

However, Benitez confirmed that Real Madrid target Alonso was fit following an ankle injury to participate in tomorrow's clash with the Singapore national side. (ANI)

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