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Liverpool’s Captain Fantastic ruled out for three weeks: Can the club continue their title challenge without him?

One day after the club fell out of the FA Cup to rival Everton, Liverpool received more bad news that will surely make their title challenge even more interesting over the coming weeks.

Liverpool Football Club today confirmed Steven Gerrard suffered a tear to his left hamstring during Wednesday night’s FA Cup defeat at Everton.

Gerrard limped out of the action just sixteen minutes into the fourth round replay at Goodison and now faces three weeks on the sidelines.

A club spokesman told Liverpoolfc.tv: “A scan today has confirmed a tear in the hamstring of Steven’s left leg. He will be out of action for about three weeks.” (Liverpoolfc.tv)

Gerrard’s injury is the last thing the club needs right now. Nobody can dispute the fact that the midfielder has been the best player on the pitch by miles in recent weeks. His missing spot in the squad, coupled with the loss of Robbie Keane to Tottenham means that the club will have to find the will to stay in the race at one of the most critical points in the season without their captain. If you count three weeks from today, Gerrard would miss the weekend match against Portsmouth, the home match against Manchester City and then biggest one of all — the Champions League first leg clash at the Bernabeau against Real Madrid.

With Liverpool out of the FA Cup, the club should be able to use the extra time to focus fully on the job at the job hand this season, which is winning the league.

But do they have the horses to stay in the race on both fronts if Gerrard can’t make it back until the match on the 28th against Boro? Let us know in the comment box below.

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