Gerrard named in Liverpool squad

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Rafael Benitez has included Steven Gerrard in Liverpool's squad for their Premier League match with Blackburn this Saturday.

The Liverpool captain will undergo a late fitness test to assess whether he is fit to play in the match as the Reds look to maintain their title push.

Gerrard underwent scans on a thigh strain last night after he appeared to be suffering during Liverool's defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League.

Benitez told the club's website: "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."

If Gerrard plays in tomorrow's game against relegation threatened Blackburn, it is likely to impact on his availability for the second-leg tie against Chelsea which takes place next Tuesday.