Football FanCast guest columnist Lee Hawley wonders if Liverpool should be taking a risk with Steven Gerrard.
Rafa has admitted that a decision will be made next week as to what to do with Steven Gerrard. It appears that surgery could well be the only option and that would prove a massive blow for our chances this season.
Losing Gerrard is tantamount to losing a limb and why over one off game’s we can cope and prevail, over a period of weeks it will prove a massive loss to the football club.
“Next week we have to decide,” said Benitez.
“He’s working with the physios and they are working very hard with him. We will see how he can progress.
“If he cannot improve in a few days, we will analyse again the situation. But at this moment it is just to keep going with the physios.
“The scan now is OK in terms of the abductor. It is a groin problem. So we have to talk with him to analyse if he has pain or not and talk with the doctor and the physios every day.
“He’s not progressing as we were expecting. He’s not doing better so it’s the same situation as before. We thought he could be ready for the last game, but it’s the same.”
I personally cannot understand why they haven’t put him under the knife sooner, but it appears that they are trying to get one last 90 minutes out of him against Lyon next week, where he may play with the assistance of painkilling injections. Why the enormity of the occasion cannot and mustn’t be underestimated, given that it could prove make or break for our Champions League campaign, I do wonder how wise it is to throw in a half fit Gerrard in a game of such intensity in case he ends up making the problem worse. It is a hell of a risk in my mind and one which I’m not sure we should be looking to take.