Liverpool may take Xabi off market

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez may take Xabi Alonso off the market following an injury suffered by skipper Steven Gerrard.

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Xabi has been linked with Arsenal and Juventus, but Gerrards thigh injury could force a rethink from Benitez.

Benitez praised Alonso's performance agaoinst Valerenga this week, saying: "Xabi scored a good goal after scoring a penalty against Rangers on Saturday so this is very positive.

"He is showing that he is a good professional but then we already knew this and I am very pleased with his commitment on the pitch."

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