Kewell rested as Rafa eases him back

After showing some great glimpses of his true abilities on Tuesday night, Harry Kewell is not going to be risked for tomorrow’s Premiership clash with West Ham.

Kewell has often been criticised for poor performances since arriving at Anfield, often unfairly. However the Aussie star has gone on record himself as feeling as though he’s never really been fully fit during his whole Liverpool career. Some fingers were pointed at former boss Gerard Houllier for playing Kewell when far short of full fitness, but Rafael Benitez does not want to do this himself.

Speaking today the Spanish manager said: "We have to be careful with Harry. He can play games for sure, but at the moment not a game every three days. He has been out for a long time and so we don’t want to take any risks. He is feeling a bit tired at the moment so we will rest him this weekend."

Steven Finnan is set for a return tomorrow after his recent injury, along with Jamie Carragher who was rested in midweek.