Gerrard back for Reds

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to return to face Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg after resting his tight hamstring at the weekend.

Gerrard back for Reds

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to return to face Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg after resting his tight hamstring at the weekend.

Striker Mario Balotelli also missed the win at Aston Villa with a chest infection and remains a doubt for the squad.

Forward Fabio Borini, despite scoring at Villa Park, could be the one to make way to accommodate Gerrard at Anfield.

Liverpool provisional squad: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Henderson, Gerrard, Lucas, Moreno, Coutinho, Sterling, Markovic, Ward, Manquillo, Lovren, Enrique, Rossiter, Lallana, Ibe, Borini, Lambert.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from for Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg clash with Liverpool.

The Blues were convincing in a 5-0 win at Swansea on Saturday and Mourinho could rotate his side for the trip to Anfield.

Thibaut Courtois could return in goal having sat out the last three games with a minor finger injury but Cesar Azpilicueta (groin) is likely to miss out, whilst the likes of Kurt Zouma, Loic Remy and Andre Schurrle will be hoping for rare starts.

Chelsea provisional squad: Courtois, Cech, Ivanovic, Luis, Cahill, Terry, Zouma, Ake, Fabregas, Matic, Ramires, Oscar, Mikel, Willian, Hazard, Schurrle, Salah, Remy, Costa, Drogba.

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