Defeating Chelsea at home with a two goal deficit will be a difficult mountain to climb. Especially without a fully fit Gerrard.
Rafa Benitez should cut his losses, give enough time to Gerrard to heal, and get back on track in the Premiership.
They have Blackburn on Saturday to deal with and they have to literally shove the Chelsea defeat out of their minds. Sam Allardyce knows a thing or two about frustrating top level competition.
Looming in the horizon is the Arsenal encounter which would require a squad at full strength. The Gunners have the best record in matches played between the top four teams.