Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez will play skipper Steven Gerrard against FA Cup opponents Preston.

Gerrard was among those most likely to be given the day off at Deepdale until he was charged earlier this week with assault and affray and awaits a hearing before magistrates in Southport on January 23.

Benitez believes it will be better to keep the England midfielder's mind on football.

The boss is also keen to get Fernando Torres involved again, probably as a substitute during the third round tie, because the striker has missed seven games with a hamstring injury.