London: Liverpool skipper and England star Steven Gerrard has admitted to having hit rock bottom in terms of self confidence during his six-month groin injury hell.
The Liverpool skipper, 31, started his first game since March against Manchester United on Saturday and scored in the 1-1 draw.
It was the perfect comeback after being so long on the sidelines following groin surgery and then a subsequent infection that further hindered his fitness.
Gerrard admitted: "When I got the injury I knew it was going to be a serious one, something I wasn`t used to. I had to try to be positive, but I will admit that I was down. There were times when I was as low as I`ve ever been as a footballer. I think it`s only natural that you have doubts and different things do cross your mind from time to time."
A leading daily quoted the England midfielder as saying: "Before the operation, I`d been getting niggles and having injections to play. Basically, I knew that I wasn`t right. I was fighting to get fit, just to get out on the pitch. I was trying to put my body on the line but it wasn`t the real me, I wasn`t the player I want to be.”
"I was missing training sessions and coming in the day before a game trying to get that last session in or having injections to play the next day. You can only do that for a certain amount of time before your body gives in — and mine gave in,” he added.
Gerrard said: "I had to try to be as positive as I could be but it took time before I got back into a positive frame of mind. It probably wasn`t until a couple of weeks after the operation — when I got off the crutches — that I started being really positive again. I could see I was progressing day by day and, when that happens, your positivity creeps back in.”