Gerrard will miss Pool trip

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LIVERPOOL skipper Steven Gerrard will miss Wednesday's visit to Blackpool after being sent off in the FA Cup defeat at Manchester United.

The England midfielder has been hit with a three-match suspension after receiving a straight red card for an ugly two-footed challenge on Michael Carrick early in the tie, which United won courtesy of Ryan Giggs' controversial first-minute penalty.

Pool boss Ian Holloway, who watched the game on TV, will be pleased that new Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish's ten men had an exhausting afternoon.

He was able to give his first team the cup weekend off, playing his fringe players and youngsters at Southampton, who have been drawn at home to United in the fourth round.