Baros fit says Benitez
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool striker Milan Baros is fit to face Chelsea in the Champions League.
Liverpool striker Milan Baros is fit to face Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday night.
The Czech Republic international was a major doubt after being injured in Saturday's surprise defeat at Crystal Palace but Rafa Benitez has revealed Baros is in his plans for the live Sky Sports 1 showdown.
Australian winger Harry Kewell, something of a forgotten man at Anfield after a wretched season with injuries, is also in the squad for the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Benitez has confirmed his fellow Spaniards Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia will both start after being rested for the Selhurst Park reverse last weekend.
"Baros, Garcia and Alonso will be fit, I hope," stated Benitez.
"We'll go with them. Luis and Milan did not train normally yesterday but I think they will be fit.
"They will all travel, as will Kewell, who is also in the squad."
Benitez admitted Kewell could not last an entire game but could be used as an impact player coming off the bench in the closing stages.
The former Leeds United wide man has not figured since the Carling Cup final defeat to Wednesday's opponents.
Baros had been concerned over a knee injury sustained in a challenge with Palace's Aki Riihilahti.
"It's an important game but I don't think about myself, I think about the club," explained Benitez.
"We always try to do our best but we know it's a really important game.
"We have confidence. Chelsea are one of the best teams now in the world but when you talk about two games like this, with the final so close, anything can happen.
"We lost the three games to them by one goal, that means we are very close to them in a game. If you talk about nine months, okay the squad is important and they have a lot of players. But we have possibilities in these two games.
"We have a clear idea that we need to change the mentality. We cannot play with same style we play in The Premiership, we need to change and we need to win. We will try to play the same games as we have played in the Champions League away from home."