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(CNN) -- Inspirational captain Steven Gerrard is winning his battle to lead Liverpool into Tuesday's Champions League quarterfinal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Gerrard is considered vital to Liverpool's slim hopes of making the last four.

Gerrard is considered vital to Liverpool's slim hopes of making the last four.

Gerrard picked up a groin injury during the first leg of the tie at Anfield last week as his side went down to a shock 3-1 home loss and his appearance in the away leg is considered crucial to their slim hopes of going through.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez told Press Association that Gerrard was responding well to treatment and would travel to London.

"Steven is getting better, he has been working with the physio and will train later today," he said.

"Obviously we do not want him to break down again, he could then be out for 10 to 16 days. But the injury is not a massive one, it will be a calculated gamble to play him but one that I will consider."

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Gerrard was rested for the 4-0 win over Blackburn on Saturday which kept Liverpool firmly in the Premier League title hunt, but Benitez knows the midfielder could spark a revival against Chelsea.

"We are 3-1 down and we know that everything can change if we have Steven in the side and he plays well." Benitez added.

He will also have midfielder Javier Mascherano back from suspension and has no other injury problems.

Chelsea's emphatic win at Anfield last week brought Liverpool's impressive winning streak to an abrupt end, but they will be keen to exact revenge on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster on Wednesday.

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