In light of the discussion we’ve been having below as to how best to play Liverpool tomorrow, this news might have some bearing on your thoughts.

Steven Gerrard (often Fulham’s nemesis, but more recently the winner of dubious penalties) has been ruled out of playing any part in the game tomorrow. Gerrard missed the England game in midweek and Rafa Benitez reckons that, although his skipper is back in training, the Fulham comes ‘too soon’ for his return.

That makes the midfield battle a little more winnable for us tomorrow, but nobody should keep themselves that it will be easy. We can’t even console ourselves with the fact that Mascherano has a long journey back from South America this time, he’s only got to travel from Scotland where Argentina played that high profile friendly this week.

But Gerrard’s absence might allow Bullard and Murphy to express themselves a bit more freely. Well, we can dream, can’t we?