Liverpool have confirmed that captain Steven Gerrard will miss the start of the season and will not be available for selection until September, providing his recovery goes to plan.

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A statement issued by the club read: ''Steven Gerrard today began a course of antibiotic treatment for an infection related to an ongoing groin problem. He is expected to remain in hospital for several days while the precautionary procedure is completed.

''The player will then return to Melwood to continue his rehabilitation programme and is expected to be available for selection in September.''

Liverpool have struggled for form in pre-season in the absence of their skipper, losing their last two matches 3-0 against Hull and Galatasaray