Liverpool Injury Update: Gerrard hopeful for Villa

Liverpool are hopeful that skipper Steven Gerrard will be available for their trip to Aston Villa this weekend.

The 34-year-old, who recently announced he would be leaving for MLS' La Galaxy in June, was taken off during half-time of the Reds' 1-0 win away at Sunderland on Saturday.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists the decision was just precautionary,  after Gerrard complained of feeling a tightness in his hamstring.

The full extent of the injury is likely to be discovered on Tuesday, after Gerrard had an assessment on Monday morning at the club's Melwood training ground.

Gerrard was pictured with Sturridge on Monday, who has returned to light training after a lengthy time out. The England international has been out since since August due to an unfortunate mix of thigh and calf issues but is back in the city after flying out to the USA to slowly recuperate.

It is expected the 25-year-old will be back in the side at some point in the month, with the Northern Irishman hopeful he could play at least a minor part in the huge fixtures against Chelsea home and away in the Capital One Cup semi finals.

Adam Lallana (thigh) and Joe Allen (knee) will definitely be out of the club's trip to Villa Park on Saturday however. Lallana will be out for the rest of the month after sustaining a muscle injury against Leicester City on New Years' Day, whilst the Welsh midfielder has not featured since a 3-0 Barclays Premier League defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on December 14th. He is slowly returning to fitness, after returning to training, but will not return until "he's right" according to Rodgers.

Another who will return to training is Raheem Sterling, who has come back from his extended 10-day rest in Jamaica. The 20-year-old was granted leave to miss the wins against AFC Wimbledon and Sunderland but will return fresh and ready on Tuesday, with the club looking to extend their unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions.

Glen Johnson (thigh), Brad Jones (thigh) and Jon Flanagan (knee), all of whom are out of contract in the coming summer, are likely to be sidelined for the game against Paul Lambert's struggling side.