Teams: Reds v Villa

Rafa Benitez has decided against a debut from the start for new signing Martin Skrtel tonight, but the defender is on the bench for the visit of Aston Villa. Reina’s back in goal after making way for Charles Itandje in the FA Cup last week, and the defence in front of him has Carragher and Hyypia in the middle, Arbeloa and Aurelio as the full-backs.

Up-front it’s no surprise to see Fernando Torres starting, and alongside him for this game is Dirk Kuyt. Attacking cover on the bench is in the shape of Peter Crouch and Ryan Babel.

There’s a comeback again for Harry Kewell on the left-wing, with Yossi Benayoun on the right-hand side of midfield. First choices these days for the centre are Javier Mascherano and captain Steven Gerrard, and both of those start. Xabi Alonso is on the bench.

UPDATE: Rafa Benitez has got out of the pre-match interview with Setanta, claiming he’s got a cold. In light of the current situation involving Tom Hicks and George Gillett’s potential sale of the club, he may well just be looking to avoid more questions on the subject. Banners are already on show which voice some of the bad feeling about the owners, who most supporters want to see bought out by DIC, and the banners will be accompanied by singing in protest at the owners’ poor custody of the club.

“They don’t care about Rafa
They don’t care about fans
Liverpool Football Club
Is in the wrong hands”

Liverpool: 25 Reina, 17 Arbeloa, 23 Carragher, 4 Hyypia, 12 Aurelio, 11 Benayoun, 20 Mascherano, 8 Gerrard, 7 Kewell, 18 Kuyt, 9 Torres
Subs: 30 Itandje, 14 Alonso, 15 Crouch, 19 Babel, 37 Skrtel

Aston Villa: 13 Taylor, 4 Mellberg, 5 Laursen, 15 Davies, 3 Bouma, 26 Gardner, 19 Petrov, 20 Reo-Coker, 7 Young, 10 Carew, 11 Agbonlahor
Subs: 1 Sorensen, 9 Harewood, 16 Knight, 21 Cahill, 27 Osbourne

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

2 thoughts on “Teams: Reds v Villa”

  1. In 5 weeks, our beloved club has been systematically destroyed from the very top straight down the core of the club. This is very serious stuff as i really cant see us in the Champions Legue next season as our form is to be honest nothing short of a disgrace. Its all Moores,Parry,Hicks,Gilletts fault, and i cant protect Rafa either due to his childish behaviour in the press conferences. I dont want him to leave at all and has my support but he has been part of this destruction as much as evryone else. please DIC,pay over the odds and end this chaos. our season is spiralling out of control

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