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Gerrard could play
Rafa Benitez has stunned England fans by admitting Steven Gerrard could face Manchester United on Saturday. The Liverpool boss caused a storm when he sent the Liverpool skipper for a minor groin operation before England’s World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Croatia. He claimed the op was vital and would also keep Gerrard out of the clash with their biggest rivals. Now Benitez has sparked a bitter club v country row by admitting Gerrard could line up at Anfield. He said: “Gerrard is still progressing, so you never know. The key is the fitness of the player — it makes a massive difference if he has confidence.” Hitman Fernando Torres could also play after suffering a hamstring injury 10 days ago. Benitez added: “It is better to avoid saying whether Gerrard and Fernando Torres can be available. It’s difficult to say.”
Phil Thomas, The Sun
The Sun features quotes from Dimitar Berbatov who insists Sir Alex Ferguson will have no disciplinary problems with him because he is a non-swearing Bible carrier.