Gerrard could make bench against City

Liverpool have been boosted by the news that captain Steven Gerrard looks set to return from injury slightly earlier than expected, with manager Rafa Benitez hinting he could be named on the substitute’s bench for this Sunday’s Premier League clash at home to Manchester City.

Gerrard pulled up with a hamstring problem shortly into the Reds’ 1-0 defeat to Merseyside rivals Everton in the F.A. Cup and was expected to be on the sidelines until March.

However, he could return sooner than first thought, ahead of Sunday’s game against Man City at Anfield, and next Wednesday’s Champions League crunch game away to Real Madrid.

Reds boss Benitez told the club’s official web site, “He is improving. In these situations each day is important.

“He is working with the medical staff and is progressing.Normally he is a player who recovers quickly. He needs less time than other players.

“I was surprised because the Spanish press said he’d play some minutes this weekend and then play against Real Madrid, but the truth is we don’t know yet.

“Maybe he could be on the bench against City but we don’t know.

“He wants to play every single game. He knows the game against City will be very important, and also the Real Madrid one too.”