Mascherano set to retain place

Mascherano set to retain place

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano is likely to be fit to face Wigan at Anfield tomorrow in the Barclays Premier League.

The Argentina captain sustained a thigh problem which forced him off in Sunday’s defeat at home to Arsenal but he trained today and is expected to retain his place in the starting line-up.

Right-back Glen Johnson, also substituted against the Gunners, spent today with the physiotherapists and did not train.

He is more of a doubt.

Winger Albert Riera still has a hamstring problem so will not be risked while £20m summer signing Alberto Aquilani is likely to find himself on the bench again.

Provisional squad: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Insua, Benayoun, Gerrard, Mascherano, Aquilani, Kuyt, Torres, Cavalieri, Lucas, Aurelio, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Ngog, Degen.

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