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Liverpool name Gerrard in squad despite injury

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be in the squad for Saturday's Premier League clash with Blackburn Rovers with manager Rafael Benitez set to make a late decision on the England midfielder's fitness.

The 28-year-old last night underwent scans on a thigh strain sustained in Wednesday night's 3-1 Champions League defeat to Chelsea, and had been doubtfu for the weekend and next week's second leg.

The club announced on their website that Gerrard will be in the squad, but it is unclear whether he will be able to start.

Benitez said: ''Steven has some problems with his adductor. He will be in the squad but we still have to decide whether he will start.

''It is not very serious but we need to analyse the risk for the future as well. We know it's a very important game, so we'll decide tomorrow.

''We have to think about the best for Stevie and the team - both things together.

''This is a very important game, so we know it will be really good if he can play. But if we were to lose him for the next few weeks it could be a big risk.

''I will talk with him and the doctor on Saturday morning before deciding.''


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