Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been included in the Reds' squad for Saturday's crunch league clash with Blackburn Rovers. The 29-year-old had to be substituted late on against Fulham last weekend with an ankle problem, before sustaining a thigh strain in Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League defeat to Chelsea at Anfield. A minimum of several days rest would normally be prescribed for manager Rafael Benitez's influential skipper. However the Spaniard may decide to risk playing Gerrard against Sam Allardyce's side, with Liverpool needing nothing less than three points to maintain a league title tilt that has now become the Reds' priority, after Chelsea all but extinguished their Champions League hopes in midweek. "Steven has some problems with his adductor. He will be in the squad but we still have to decide whether he will start," Benitez told the club's official website. "It is not very serious but we need to analyse the risk for the future as well. We know it's a very important game, so we'll decide tomorrow. "We have to think about the best for Stevie and the team, both things together. "This is a very important game, so we know it will be really good if he can play. But if we were to lose him for the next few weeks it could be a big risk. "I will talk with him and the doctor on Saturday morning before deciding." LIVERPOOL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Ian Rush, Craig Johnston Q&A Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres One on One Michael Owen, Nicolas Anelka, Kevin Keegan Boy's A Bit Special Danny Guthrie Ask A Silly Question John Barnes, Peter Crouch, Luis Garcia, John Aldridge Perfect XI Jamie Carragher What Happened Next? Julian Dicks And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Liverpool players (and others) on Talentspotter
10 April 2009
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