Liverpool have handled Gerrard's injury with utmost caution. Picture - Reuters.

Liverpool could welcome their skipper Steven Gerrard back to the starting line-up when they host bitter-rivals Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday.

Coincidentally, the last match the Reds' skipper started was against Man United, on March 6, when Liverpool won 3-1. However, that game served to aggravate a groin injury, prompting him to undergo a surgery which ruled him out for almost six months.

Liverpool have been careful in not rushing him back into action, and having made three substitute appearances this season, he is understood to be ready to resume his starting role in the team, especially after being left out of the England squad which gave him a fortnight to work on his fitness.

Gerrard will be hoping to help his side to a fourth successive home league victory over Man United.