Liverpool ace set to return for Real Madrid showdown
STEVEN GERRARD is winning his battle to be fit for Liverpool’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid.
And there was more good news for Kop fans with Rafa Benitez expected to sign his delayed £16million contract ‘within days’.
Gerrard is likely to miss next weekend’s Premier League visit of Manchester City due to hamstring trouble. But his sights remain firmly on the trip to the Bernabeu on February 25 and he has responded well to treatment.
He will be given until the last moment to prove he can travel to Spain.
Benitez and Liverpool co- owner Tom Hicks completed negotiations last night on the manager’s new deal which will tie him to the club until 2013.
Benitez had earlier rejected FOUR drafts of the deal as he demanded more control over the club’s transfer policy. And although he will still be accountable to the board for future signings, he has won many of the concessions he was asking for.
An Anfield source said: “The final issues have been ironed out. It’s hoped Rafa will sign within a few days.”