Alonso out for 2nd leg – Hamman could be back

Steven Gerrard said there was a little bit of disappointment that
Liverpool hadn’t scored tonight. He also hinted that Didi Hamman could
be back by Tuesday. Liverpool will need Hamman if he’s available – Xabi Alonso picked up a booking tonight which rules him out of the next game. Liverpool are planning to try and lodge an appeal
against the booking, but it’s not clear if UEFA would consider appeals in these
circumstances.Talking to Sky Sports, Gerrard said: “We defended well tonight. We know the tie’s not over – it’s only half-time. Ideally we would have liked to have nicked a goal but hopefully our fans will lift the roof off in the second leg. 0-0 is a good result because they’ve got world class players.”

He added that Alonso, "is a magnificent passer but Dietmar Hamann is nearly fit and knocking on the door. It’s set up for a great second leg.”

Frank Lampard looked disappointed after the game to have seen his side fail to score against Liverpool for the first time this season. Again talking to Sky Sports he said, "It’s a shame because it would have been a nice lead to take to Anfield. It was a decent result for us because we haven’t conceded – but we’re disappointed we missed a few chances. Away goals are costly so that was our first aim. After that we wanted to score. It wasn’t the prettiest of games but there was a lot of passion out there and the game is finely balanced now."

The Chelsea man added: “Next week we’ll be raring to go – it’s a massive game. We were fortunate to win 1-0 there earlier in the season and we’ll have to be on top of the game to get the right result. Hopefully we’ll go up there, defend well and nick a goal.”