Inter v LFC: Mascherano back

A massive game for Liverpool tonight, and more difficult than the 2-0 score from the first leg makes it sound. But if Liverpool can perform the way they have done recently they are more than capable of stopping Inter Milan. But rather than just try to stop Inter, they’ve got to get on the scoresheet. One goal would leave the home side needing to score four times to knock the Reds out, and that may just be the end of the tie.

The manager has picked what looks like the same formation as has shown much success in recent games, with Torres in front of Gerrard in his free role. Kuyt and Torres are the other two of what is in effect a front four, with Lucas and Mascherano holding midfield. With Skrtel, Hyypia and Carragher all starting, it looks like Carra is at right back, with Fabio Aurelio at left back.

Andriy Voronin is on the bench, but so is Peter Crouch, along with Yossi Benayoun and Jermaine Pennant. Defensive cover is there in the shape of Arbeloa and John Arne Riise.

Meanwhile in the stands expect a showing from members of the current co-owner Tom Hicks’ family, but also possibly from members of the DIC group.

Inter Milan: 12 Julio Cesar, 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 24 Rivas, 26 Chivu, 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic, 14 Vieira, 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz
Subs: 1 Toldo, 7 Figo, 11 Jimenez, 18 Crespo, 28 Maniche, 29 Suazo, 30 Pele

Liverpool: 25 Reina, 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 4 Hyypia, 12 Aurelio, 20 Mascherano, 21 Lucas, 8 Gerrard, 18 Kuyt, 19 Babel, 9 Torres
Subs: 30 Itandje, 6 Riise, 10 Voronin, 11 Benayoun, 15 Crouch, 16 Pennant, 17 Arbeloa

Referee: Tom Ovrebo