Fernando Torres’s efforts to get into the team for today’s Merseyside derby weren’t enough, and the Spanish striker wasn’t even available for a place on the bench. Rafa has gone for Kuyt and Voronin up-front.
Mascherano has made it into the eleven, despite having played in sapping temperatures in midweek for Argentina – but Liverpool need him with Xabi Alonso also finding this game came too soon.
The manager has picked Sissoko, Mascherano and Gerrard, which means Gerrard looks likely to start on the right and Yossi Benayoun on the left.
Liverpool: Reina, Riise, Finnan, Hyypia, Carragher, Benayoun, Mascherano, Gerrard, Sissoko, Voronin, Kuyt.
Subs: Itandje, Crouch, Pennant, Babel, Lucas.