Liverpool have been handed a major boost ahead of the Barclay Asia Trophy final against Portsmouth after Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Lucas Leiva and Ryan Babel were all declared available for selection.
Skipper Gerrard has recovered from the abdominal strain that kept him out of Tuesday's victory over South China, while Torres, Leiva and Babel have both now received international clearance.
Speaking to the press at the team hotel, Rafa Benitez said: "We now have more options. These three players will give us some added quality and fresh legs.
"We can now approach the final differently and with a more attacking mentality.
"It's going to be a tough game but it's one we want to win. A lot of our supporters are here and it's important we win the trophy.
"I will try to play my best team but I will have to see how the players are after training before finalising my decision."
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Heinze brings in Liverpool's legal team
Friday July 27, 2007
Gabriel Heinze has defied Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United by taking the extraordinary step of employing Liverpool's legal advisers to secure what would be a controversial and highly acrimonious move to Anfield.
Heinze is so desperate to quit United he has appointed Richard Green, a partner at the Liverpool office of Hill Dickinson. Green specialises in working on legal cases for Liverpool and, acting on behalf of Heinze, he has instructed Andrew Green of the London-based Blackstone Chambers. It represents a hostile move on Heinze's part and United have indicated they are willing to fight him all the way, bringing in their own solicitors, Brabners Chaffe Street, to fight their case.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has predicted a bright Anfield future for new midfielder Lucas Leiva.
The young Brazilian is set to make his Reds debut against Portsmouth in Hong Kong today but he's already shown enough in training to convince Gerrard that the club have made another shrewd signing.
"From what I've seen of him so far on the training pitch he's got everything you need in a Liverpool player; good touch, good passing and he's also a good lad off the field," said the skipper.
"He's only young but I've no doubt that he's got a bright future at the club and it's good to have him onboard. He's captain of the Brazil under-20s team and so obviously has ability.
"I expect him to be knocking on the door of the first team before too long and hopefully, in time, he can help us win many trophies."