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Liverpool have backed Steven Gerrard - but it is not yet known if the England midfielder will figure in this weekend's FA Cup third-round tie at Preston.

Captain Gerrard was publicly backed by the Anfield hierarchy, who issued a statement offering him "all the support he needs" - despite facing a maximum five-year jail term if convicted of assault.

While the father of two was recovering at his mansion home from 21 hours in police custody, the club said: "Steven has been an outstanding servant to Liverpool for the last 10 years and the club will give him all the support he needs at this time."

Behind the scenes club sources confirmed England international Gerrard had done nothing wrong by being out with friends.

"The players flew back from their game with Newcastle and all the players have had two days off," said the source.

"They only play again on Saturday so it was agreed everyone could have Monday and Tuesday off.

"They'll all be back in training tomorrow along with Stevie. The thinking is he will get on with things as normal. The whole club are 100% behind Stevie and that includes the manager who has told him as much."

In the early hours of Tuesday the midfielder was charged with actual bodily harm and affray. He is accused of assaulting businessman and part-time DJ Marcus McGee, 34, who was injured during a fight at the Lounge Inn, Southport, Merseyside.

Gerrard had been drinking in the bar - which turns into a nightclub - on Sunday evening with friends to mark Liverpool's 5-1 win over Newcastle.

Gerrard will attend North Sefton Magistrates' Court in Southport on January 23.

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