Gerrard out of key Arsenal clash

Liverpool will be without club captain Steven Gerrard for the key visit of Arsenal to Anfield on Tuesday night.

The influential midfielder is struggling with a groin injury which he tweaked in training at Stamford Bridge on Monday, meaning he missed the match with Chelsea.

Liverpool announced on Saturday morning Gerrard is expected to be out for seven to 10 days, meaning he is also likely to miss the trip to Hull City next Saturday too.

With six games remaining, and the Reds still in the title race, the Arsenal match is the toughest of the Reds’ remaining fixtures and with The Gunners on top form at the moment, Rafa Benitez will rue the omission of Gerrard.

The manager said “To lose a key player is always important and especially a player like Gerrard but credit to the other players because they did a fantastic job,” referring to the match at Chelsea on Tuesday.

Gerrard’s injury means Yossi Benayoun is likely to keep his place in the side on Tuesday.