Rafa to take ‘calculated gamble’ on Gerrard

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is expected to win his race to be fit to face Chelsea in the Champions League quarter final second leg on Tuesday night.

The Reds midfielder has been struggling with a groin injury which saw him an unused substitute against Blackburn on Saturday.

But Rafa Benitez says Gerrard is getting better and trained on Monday, and confirmed he will travel to London for the match. He said “Obviously we do not want him to break down again, he could then be out for 10 to 16 days. But the injury is not a massive one, it will be a calculated gamble to play him but one that I will consider.”

The Reds are 3-1 down after the first leg and must score three goals to progress to the semi-final, Benitez said “We know that everything can change if we have Steven in the side and he plays well.”

Benitez has no other injury worries and will welcome Javier Mascherano back from suspension alongside Xabi Alonso.