Rafa: Gerrard misses out as a precaution

Further to our earlier story about Steven Gerrard missing tomorrow's Champions League game with Bordeaux, the Reds boss Rafa Benitez has since explained that Stevie was being kept back as a precaution.

Quoted on the official LFC website, Rafa said: "Steven felt something in his hamstring after the Blackburn game and he is still feeling it.  We have spoken with the doctor and decided it's not worth taking a risk with him and so he won't be involved in Bordeaux."

Clearly with one eye on the weekend fixture with Manchester United, Rafa added: "If this was the last game of the season and he needed to play then he could, but at this moment we think it's too big a risk." And Gerrard does seem likely to figure in that battle, with Rafa saying: "I think it's just a matter of an extra couple of days and then he will be fine."

The site also confirmed earlier doubts that both Robbie Fowler and Daniel Agger will miss the trip. Robbie's been suffering with a back problem and Daniel Agger broke his hand on international duty last week. There's an outside chance that  Momo Sissoko and Dirk Kuyt will be fit to play, so they are going to be on the plane just in case. According to Rafa midfield marvel Momo is the most likely of the two to get a game, by a long way: "I would say Momo has an eighty per cent chance of playing and Kuyt just twenty per cent," said Benitez.

One positive to come out of this is that 19-year-old local lad Lee Peltier has been including in the travelling squad as midfield cover.