Limping Liverpool take on Chelsea

Liverpool should have captain Steven Gerrard available as they seek to overturn Chelsea's 3-1 first-leg advantage in the Champions League quarterfinal today.

Liverpool should have captain Steven Gerrard available as they seek to overturn Chelsea's 3-1 first-leg advantage in the Champions League quarterfinal today.

The England midfielder suffered a recurrence of his groin injury in last week's first leg at Anfield, and was left on the bench for Saturday's 4-0 Premier League victory over Blackburn Rovers.

"Steven is getting better, he has been working with the physio and will train on Monday," manager Rafael Benitez told journalists.

"We will then discuss the situation with the doctors, but Steven will travel with the party to London and I will make a decision on Tuesday."

With Liverpool needing goals, though - they must score at least three times - it seems likely that Benitez will take the gamble of fielding Gerrard behind Fernando Torres.

"Obviously we do not want him to break down again, he could then be out for 10 to 16 days," Benitez said.

"But the injury is not a massive one, it will be a calculated gamble to play him but one that I will consider.

"We are 3-1 down and we know that everything can change if we have Steven in the side and he plays well."

There may, though, have to be some tactical tinkering given how successfully Michael Essien snuffed out the threat of Gerrard last week.

"I'd describe myself as a box-to-box midfielder, but I'll always respect the manager's decision, wherever I'm picked to play," the Ghana international told reporters after Chelsea's 4-3 victory over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

"I always listen to the manager and I just go onto the field for every game and do what he asks me to do.

"So I don't really mind where I play as long as I'm out there doing a job for the team and the manager," Essien said.

Chelsea will be without their captain, John Terry, who is suspended. - Sapa-dpa

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