Liverpool’s Captain Fantastic on the mend once again: Should the Red Half of Merseyside be concerned?

After picking up a groin injury two weeks ago before Liverpool’s pre-season match against Wisla Krakow, Steven Gerrard looks to be on the mend once again after aggravating the groin strain — or thigh strain depending on how you talk to — 27 minutes into the match yesterday.

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Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez could be without captain Steven Gerrard for next week’s Champions League qualifier against Standard Liege.

The England midfielder suffered a thigh strain in last night’s 4-1 friendly victory over Norwegian side Valerenga.

Gerrard limped off in the first half of Liverpool’s comfortable victory and Benitez hopes he will recover in time to face the Belgians, but he cannot yet be inked in for the game on Wednesday week.

“It is a thigh strain. We need to wait but it could be one week,” said Benitez.

Liverpool would not want to take any risks with Gerrard, however his presence against Liege would be welcome as the Reds attempt to take a big stride towards the group stages. (Daily Mail)

Whilst the injury doesn’t appear to have Rafa Benitez losing sleep at the moment, the aggravation of a previous injury has to have Liverpool supporters a bit concerned at the moment — especially since groin injuries always seem to find a way of flaring up if they aren’t properly taken care of. With the Champions League qualifier coming up next week, many have to be wondering if Gerrard will be ready for the match and the start of the Premier League season.

Will Gerrard be ready to go next week? Are Liverpool concerned about the long-term effects of this injury with the season right around the corner?

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