Gerrard set to return against Chelsea

Liverpool were handed a major boost ahead of tonight's Champions League quarter-final second leg with the news that club captain and talisman Steven Gerrard looks set to be fit to play.

The England midfielder sat out Saturday's 4-0 annihilation of Blackburn but there were fears that a persistent groin injury could keep him out of the crucial showdown with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool are 3-1 down from the first leg with a mountain to climb if they have any chance of progressing to semi-finals of Europe's top competition, but with Gerrard and Javier Mascherano set to return the Reds should be at full strength.

Chelsea's performance against Bolton at the weekend has given Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez a glimmer of hope ahead of tonight's game. Bolton came back from 4-0 down to eventually lose 4-3.

"They [Bolton] showed that if you play well, put pressure on a team and have luck then you can do well," Benitez told reporters. "We will approach the game in the same way as we always do; to win. We have to score an early goal and that will give us confidence."

If Liverpool do manage to come back from 3-1 down it would top even their own Lazarus style escape in Istanbul back in 2005.

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