Alberto Aquilani moved a step nearer his Liverpool debut after being named in the squad for the Carling Cup fourth round clash with Arsenal. The 25-year-old will not start at the Emirates but boss Rafa Benitez is hoping to utilise him as a substitute at some point.
The Reds chief told Liverpoolfc.tv: "He will be with us. He is improving his fitness, so he's in the squad.
"He cannot start at this moment but he will be there and maybe we can give him some minutes. If it's possible we will try to use him."
Benitez believes the Italy international, who hasn't featured since signing from Roma in the summer due to an ankle injury, will add a new dimension to his midfield.
"We can see in every training session that he has quality, game intelligence and good movements," said the Spaniard. "He is a different kind of player for us.
"We talk about using Gerrard deeper sometimes, but maybe in Aquilani we have a player who can play there and pass the ball really well in the final third."