Harry Kewell’s last game for Liverpool was back in February when Chelsea overcame a very tired Liverpool after extra time. He could make his return tomorrow night as he’s been declared fit enough at least to be included in the squad to fly down south today.
Kewell’s been criticised by many for failing to show the class that he often showed in a Leeds shirt since moving across the Pennines to Anfield. He has been constantly troubled by injury since he signed though, and this season has probably been the worst of his career. Rafa Benitez even questioned whether his injuries were real or in his mind. It seems though that he’s been given a chance to show what he can do.
Kewell’s inclusion in the squad is a surprise, and three players considered doubtful will also be on the flight, according to boss Rafael Benitez: “Baros, Garcia and Alonso will be fit I hope. They will all travel, as will Kewell who is also in the squad. Harry is not one hundred per cent. He couldn’t play a full 90 minutes, or maybe even 45, but he could play half an hour for sure. He’s been working hard for the past month, is a good player and wants to play. This is a boost for us.” Maybe they’ve had some “clear the air” talks to sort this out.
John Welsh and Darren Potter will be disappointed to be left out of the party to travel south, and will be playing for the reserves away to Manchester City tonight instead. Chances are though that both will be needed for the weekend league fixture as Benitez tries to keep fitness levels right. They’re joined in the reserve squad by defenders Jon Otsemebor – back from a trial at Hearts – and Josemi, coming back from injury.
Once they’ve arrived in the capital the Reds will undergo a training session on the Stamford Bridge pitch before heading for their hotel.