Harry Kewell is expected to play his first game for two months when he returns to the Liverpool side for Tuesday’s Champions League encounter with Bayer Leverkusen.

Manager Rafael Benitez is without the injured Djibril Cisse and Florent Sinama-Pongelle, while Fernando Morientes is cup-tied for the game at Anfield, leaving Liverpool short of attacking options.

Kewell has been suffering from an Achilles injury since his last match on December 19.

“Harry is fit and I think he will play. He can play well because he is a key man for us and is a fantastic player,” Benitez told reporters on Monday.

“We need Harry Kewell, we need to see the best of Harry and I have been saying that all season.”

Benitez is also missing Steven Gerrard who is suspended, and experienced defender Mauricio Pellegrino who is cup-tied after playing for Valencia earlier in the competition.

“There are 16 teams left and if you talk about the best clubs in the tournament, maybe they (Leverkusen) are not the best,” he added.

“But they are still a very good team and showed that against Liverpool a couple of years ago.

“They are a strong team with a lot of experience and it will be very difficult for us.”