Rafa rules out Gerrard return against City

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has decided against selecting skipper Steven Gerrard for the Reds's league clash against Manchester City. The England midfielder had been widely tipped to return to first-team action on Sunday after recovering from a hamstring injury sustained in the FA Cup defeat to Everton at Goodison Park. However, Benitez has revealed he will not risk his captain against Mark Hughes's outfit, and will instead rest the midfielder ahead of the club's crucial Champions League last 16 clash with Real Madrid next week. "Steven will not be ready for this game," Benitez told the club's official website. "We don't know if he'll be back for the game in midweek but clearly he will not be involved against City. "He is improving but we cannot take any risks so he won't be in the squad."

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