Hello everyone,

It was fantastic to be back against West Bromwich Albion last Saturday and I really enjoyed it. I had that nervous excitement on Friday night knowing that I was back involved amongst it all. I am really looking forward to being injury-free for the rest of the season and getting back among the goals and finishing as high as we possibly can.

It was the longest injury lay-off I have ever had as a professional footballer. Looking back, touch wood, I have been very lucky not to have had too many injuries and I've been able to manage them until we got to an international break or the end of the season before having an operation.

I was disappointed in the tackle that I received, but it was just football and it was a bit late and it was one of those things. I normally try to shake these things off and I did so for a good 20 or 30 minutes but it just wasn't going away and the pain was getting sharper. The staff have worked brilliantly with me in the gym to keep up my conditioning, but I did find it difficult going back out and twisting and turning because you're not allowed to do that sort of thing with a broken toe - just straight-line stuff.

Before the Tottenham game, I had never gone off injured in my career before - not that I can remember, but you might get one when I was 14 and playing for my school or something! It was quite hard to take, especially knowing that the result could have been bad when I went for my X-ray a couple of days later. I sort of knew right away that it was serious because I'd never previously not been able to shake an injury off or manage it for the next game.

I was disappointed to miss the two games, but we managed to get a magnificent win at Stoke and we were very unlucky at Chelsea. If Andy Carroll's goal had counted it could have been a different story, but that's life in the Barclays Premier League. I was really glad to be back against West Brom and I thought we responded really well at home with another good performance. We got what we deserved on Saturday.

Kevin Nolan

The Tottenham match was the first time I've ever gone off injured

I've been away from Liverpool for nearly five years and this is my home now, but it was the city where I was brought up and Liverpool were my team when I was younger.

At the end of the day, it's about us and going there and trying to make it difficult for them. Teams have done it this year and been successful and we're going there full of confidence. They will also be full of confidence and have been playing well, knocking it about and getting the results that they have needed, to be honest, because they have spent a lot of money over the last few seasons.

No matter what anyone says, they should be in the top four in my eyes and they'll be disappointed because I don't think they will make it this year. They have been knocked out of the UEFA Europa League so they need to finish as high as possible and make sure they are there.

It will be even tougher because they only have the Premier League to play for at the moment, but we're certainly looking forward to it. Anfield is a fantastic stadium to play at and it's always nice being called all kinds of names by my fellow Scouse people instead of everyone else!

On a serious note, we will honour the memory of the 96 innocent supporters lost at Hillsborough on Sunday. I have friends who were there that day so it's going to be a really emotional day because they have got the justice that they deserved and that, in hindsight, they should have got right afterwards.

What was reported after Hillsborough was disgusting. The families have fought all the way and got their just rewards but this is only the beginning. Now it's about making sure they get justice right through. I'm pleased because it's now proven to the world and it's shocking that it's taken nearly 25 years for them to get justice - that's the most disgusting thing about it.

It'll be an emotional day for the whole of Liverpool - not just Liverpool Football Club - because everyone was affected, as was everyone around the footballing world. Hopefully, we can commemorate it in a nice way and the people who have worked so tirelessly to ensure justice was brought can look at it a good light on a momentous day for them.

As a city, the people of Liverpool are one, no matter where we are in the world. It's a great family-oriented city and I'm very proud of my roots and to be from Liverpool. It's always nice going back but I'm sure there will be a lot of banter and stick flying around for me from my fellow Scousers!

This weekend is also Grand National weekend at Aintree, but I'm afraid I cannot pick a winner because it's a lucky dip and anyone could win it - just like our game on Sunday.

We've not won back-to-back games so far this season, so that's what we're looking for. We can do it this weekend, no matter what the bookmakers say, because we go into matches believing we can beat anyone - and on our day, we can.

We will need to work hard, but we will do that and we have quality in abundance to make sure we can come away from Anfield with three points on Sunday afternoon. I firmly believe we can do that and I'll make sure all the other lads believe it too.

I'd like to wish everyone making the journey to Liverpool a safe trip.

Come on you Irons!

Kevin Nolan
Captain

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