Report: Liverpool fretting over the fitness of key player for Chelsea showdown

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard was forced off last week with a tight hamstring.

Liverpool are concerned over the fitness of skipper Steven Gerrard ahead of next Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final showdown with Chelsea, the Sun reports.

The former England international has been managed carefully by boss Brendan Rodgers this season, rarely starting three games in a short period of time.

Yet, as the so-called business end of the season approaches it would be unwise for the Reds to leave out undoubtedly their most influential and best midfield player.

Unfortunately for the Merseysiders, the more Gerrard plays, the greater the likelihood of niggling injuries, and they have now been left in a pickle.

During last weekend’s victory over Sunderland, the 34-year-old suffered from a tight hamstring and has now been all-but ruled out of the trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.

While some speculated that he may have been rested for this game anyway, the Reds are now beginning to panic over the prospect of Gerrard missing the visit of Jose Mourinho’s side the following Tuesday.

“Liverpool are sweating on Steven Gerrard’s fitness ahead of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final,” the report in the Sun states.

“The Anfield skipper is a big doubt for Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa, with the tight hamstring which forced him off during last week’s win at Sunderland. And the fact the first leg with Chelsea comes just 72 hours later has left him with a race against time.”

With this being Gerrard’s final season at Anfield, captaining his side to silverware at Wembley would be a fitting ending for a player widely regarded as a club legend.

The League Cup arguably offers their biggest hope, though there aren’t many more difficult challenges than navigating themselves past the Blues.

The Premier League leaders have already triumphed at Anfleld once this season, and with fellow midfielders Adam Lallana and Joe Allen ruled out of the first leg the task becomes harder still.

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