gerrard in fitness race for chelsea gameLiverpool will give Steven Gerrard as much time as possible to win his fitness battle ahead of their Champions League quarter final 2nd leg against Chelsea.

The England international has a groin injury and didn’t play at the weekend as the Reds beat Blackburn Rovers 4 – 0. However, he is expected to train with the rest of the squad on Monday evening.

Liverpool’s desire to play Gerrard is understandable as they are 3 – 1 down from the 1st leg. But manager Rafael Benitez admits that it will be a ‘calculated gamble’.

Speaking at today’s Liverpool press conference, Benitez said:

Gerrard winning fitness battle Steven is getting better, he has been working with the physio and will train later today.

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

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.

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

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