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Guess who’s back for Liverpool on Sunday? Although they probably won’t need him against hapless Manchester City

Considering how gash Manchester City are away from home this season, Liverpool could probably field their junior team and come away with the three points on Sunday. However, it appears that on the off-chance that they’re unable to find a breakthrough against the Citizens, this player of players might be waiting in the wings to do some damage.

The Times reports that Steven Gerrard has made a speedy recovery from the hamstring injury that has been troubling him since limping off at Goodison Park in the FA Cup replay the other week. Although Rafael Benitez would prefer to wrap him in cotton wool until Liverpool’s match against Real Madrid next week, it appears he’ll be on the bench for the visit of City.

“He is improving. In these situations each day is important,” Benitez said. “He is working with the medical staff and is progressing.

“Normally he is a player who recovers quickly. He needs less time than other players. I was surprised because the Spanish press said he’d play some minutes this weekend and then play against Real Madrid, but the truth is we don’t know yet.

“Maybe he could be on the bench against City but we don’t know. He wants to play every single game. He knows the game against City will be very important, and also the Real Madrid one too.”

Although Liverpool came away with the three points at Portsmouth a fortnight ago, it might have been a lot more comfortable if Gerrard had featured for the Reds. Do supporters think that with their captain fantastic back in the fold, they can beat Real Madrid over two legs, especially after knocking out Inter at the same stage last season?

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