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Jay Spearing returns to Liverpool’s squad for Monday’s match after serving a three-match suspension.

The 23-year-old provides the defensive option in central midfield but the Reds’ problems lie further upfield, which may mean forward Craig Bellamy earns a recall against his former club having been left out against Wigan on Wednesday.

Captain Steven Gerrard is training and is edging closer to a first-team return after two months out.

Beleaguered Blackburn manager Steve Kean is hoping his defence will not be further weakened by the absence of goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

The former England player has a small tear in his calf muscle but is going to attempt to play through the problem by having it strapped up.

Martin Olsson (hamstring) has not recovered as quickly as anticipated while Ryan Nelsen (knee) has had a small setback, but there is better news on Gael Givet, who had a successful operation on his heart yesterday and could be back in training next week.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Enrique, Kuyt, Adam, Henderson, Spearing, Downing, Suarez, Rodriguez, Doni, Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Shelvey, Bellamy, Carroll.

Blackburn (from): Robinson, Bunn, Samba, Lowe, Hanley, Nzonzi, Rochina, Pedersen, Petrovic, Dunn, Hoilett, Yakubu, Goodwillie, Formica, Roberts, Vukcevic, Slew, Blackman, Henley.

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