STEVEN GERRARD could hand competitive debuts to a number of his new summer signings in tomorrow’s Europa League qualifier with St Joseph’s.
Gers touched down in Gibraltar earlier this evening ahead of the match before the manager addressed a press conference at the Victoria Stadium.
The manager was impressed with how his additions looked in yesterday’s friendly win over Oxford United and said: “I thought in the main they were all very positive with their debuts. A lot of them are here with us tomorrow and should play some part.
“We are very pleased with not just yesterday’s performance, but how they have all settled in really quickly.
“Andy [Halliday] and I were speaking in the car on the way here about how they have started very strongly, and straight away they have given me big decisions to make.
“As the weeks go by, sometimes I m going to have to make big calls and leave big players out who are good players. But, we are hoping this is going to be a 60-game season.”
One player missing tomorrow’s match is Daniel Candeias, with the Portuguese winger not in the squad.
Gerrard was asked as to why he wasn’t included, and the manager explained: “He’s not suspended and he’s not injured. It’s just a numbers’ game. You can swap and change – I’m not going to make a big thing of it.
“It is just the way it is when you have big numbers, big squads, big players and competition for places.
“It is only normal from week to week that it changes on who is in and who is out. Daniel is a good player who played a lot of games for me last year and I predict the same could happen again this year.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he is involved in the competition in the next round if we are to progress.”
One man who could feature is Alfredo Morelos, the Colombian having missed the Oxford clash.
The manager continued: “He is with us. I think if it was a joint problem, then it [St Joseph’s artificial surface] probably would affect that, but it was a muscle niggle and I have no doubts over using him.
“I think we have to think about where he is at – he has missed probably a week now and he only played probably 20 or 25 minutes against Mansfield, so this would be his second game and we will have to be careful with him.”