Kenny Dalglish has not ruled out the possibility of Steven Gerrard making his return from injury during Wednesday's Carling Cup encounter with Brighton.
The Liverpool captain has been missing since the Reds beat Manchester United 3-1 at Anfield in March, having undergone a succession of operations on a persistent groin complaint.
It was claimed Gerrard had been considered for Sunday's clash with Tottenham, but failed to make the matchday squad as the Merseysiders were swiftly dispatched at White Hart Lane.
Liverpool had both Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel sent off as Spurs routed them 4-0, thanks to goals from Luka Modric and Jermain Defoe, as well as a brace from Emmanuel Adebayor on his home debut.
And, says Dalglish, he will take stock of the humbling defeat before making a decision about when his skipper will finally pull on a red jersey once again.
"He's fine," said Dalglish when asked about Gerrard. "We'll try to get over this before we start worrying about something else.
"I've said all along, he's done fantastically well to get where he is. We'll just monitor him and pick the right moment for him and us before we get him back.
"Its natural everyone wants to chase for Stevie, especially after you have lost 4-0. But we'll monitor it, take it how it goes and when both parties agree he'll play."
Liverpool meet Brighton at the Amex Stadium having triumphed over Npower League One outfit Exeter City in the previous round of the competition.
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