A vital game for Liverpool tonight against Lyon in the Champions League, and injuries mean Rafa Benitez has picked a couple of players that might normally only expect a start in Carling Cup games.
With Fernando Torres injured David Ngog gets a rare start up front, with fit-again Steven Gerrard set to provide support, Benayoun and Kuyt also starting in advance roles.
Liverpool kept an injury to Glen Johnson quiet until late today, in his place comes Martin Kelly for his second first-team appearance. His first appearance was as a sub against PSV Eindhoven in last season’s group stages. Although Kelly is more often used as a centre-back in the reserves, he’s not a stranger to playing in the full back role and is highly-rated. The less-popular right-back Philip Degen, even if fit, is unavailable for tonight’s game after being omitted from the Champions League squad due to the restrictions on non-home-grown players.
Kelly joins Emiliano Insua, Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger in the back four. Mascherano returns to the starting line-up, alongside Lucas in midfield and of course Pepe Reina is in goal.
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Agger, Insua, Mascherano, Lucas, Kuyt, Benayoun, Gerrard, Ngog
Subs: Cavalieri, Aurelio, Skrtel, Spearing, Plessis, Voronin, Babel
Lyon: Lloris, Cris, Reveillere, Cissokho, Kallstrom, Pjanic, Ederson, Makoun, Toulalan, Lopez, Govou
Subs: Vercoutre, Clerc, Michel Bastos, Gonalons, Gomis, Delgado, Belfodil
Referee: Undiano Mallenco