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24.10.2008 Football News

Liverpool sure to survive the Bridge…As the Blues host the Reds

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle

Liverpool hope Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Xabi Alonso will face Chelsea on Sunday despite sustaining injuries against Atletico Madrid.

The trio failed to finish Wednesday's 1-1 Champions League draw in Spain.

Keane is causing Reds manager Rafael Benitez the most concern: “We need to check with Keane. I don't think it will be serious.

“It was a little bit of a muscle problem for Robbie. Gerrard is okay and Alonso has a knock on his knee.”

Benitez admitted he was disappointed with a draw because his team “had chances to finish off the game”.

Liverpool took the lead at the Vicente Calderon stadium in the 14th minute when Keane calmly finished a trademark Gerrard through ball beyond Atletico keeper Leo Franco.

And the Merseysiders dominated the first half, but did not make the most of their supremacy, with Keane missing a straightforward chance to put Liverpool further ahead.

In the end, the visitors were grateful for a point after being forced onto the back foot for most of the second period with Simao Sabrosa equalising in the 83rd minute.

“We made a mistake in the 83rd minute and we paid for it,” admitted Benitez, whose side are now joint top of Group D with Atletico with both on seven points.

”I think we have played a very good match, we have controlled the match and when you play well the other team looks worse.

“I think the entrance of Kun (Sergio Aguero) gave more depth to their play and we defended worse, and they also took advantage of the favourable wind in order to play long passes against us.”

The injuries to Keane, Gerrard and Alonso may have contributed to Liverpool's poor second-half performance.

And with striker Fernando Torres already struggling with a hamstring problem, the possibility that the trio could miss the visit to Stamford Bridge leaves Benitez with a headache.