Why Liverpool, Everton will keep a close eye on England this week

Steven Gerrard could play against Germany after a hip problem so both Merseyside clubs will be watching with interest to see if he will be fit enough to take part in the Merseyside derby.

Whilst all the talk about Steven Gerrard at the moment seems to focusing on whether he will be fit enough for England’s friendly with Germany on Tuesday, Merseyside will be paying close attention to the fitness of the England captain and whether or not he will be fit for Liverpool’s short trip across Stanley Park to face Everton on Saturday week.

Liverpool will be praying that their captain comes through this international break unscathed, or better still not having played so any hip problem will not be aggravated against Everton, whilst the Blue half will be paying close attention as to whether or not they will have to come up against the man who has scored eight times against them.

If he were to miss out on the derby, it’s doubtful Evertonians will make the same mistake as in 2006 and in 2007 when some sections of their support celebrated when Gerrard was sent off and withdrawn respectively – Liverpool went on to win those games.

Though at the age of 33 in a more reserved position, Gerrard has been a constant figure in the Premier League this season having started each of the 11 Premier League games. His set-piece delivery has now become an extra weapon in the Liverpool armour – that’s not to say he was bad at delivering set-pieces, just that he is a lot better at it now.

There would also be a little bit of a dilemma as to who to bring in. Is Joe Allen ready to be thrown into the middle of the park in a derby match? Would the role of Lucas change without the skipper alongside him in the middle? How would Liverpool cope against a midfield which has started the season in impressive form?

Supporters of both clubs will be watching Gerrard’s fitness closely during this international period.

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