Liverpool v Fiorentina – Aquilani and Darby start

Champions LeagueWednesday, 9 December 2009

Liverpool v Fiorentina

Liverpool start this game in third place in the group and will end it in the same position regardless of the result. Fiorentina will be looking for the win that would guarantee them top spot in the group.

It’s going to be Liverpool’s last game in the Champions League this season and if they want to play in it next season they need to start getting some points on the board in the league this season. Next up domestically is a clash with Arsenal on Sunday and tonight’s line-up was understandably made with that in mind.

Pepe Reina is on the bench so that Diego Cavalieri can get a rare start in goal. Daniel Agger and Emiliano Insua both start but Jamie Carragher has dropped to the bench to make way for Martin Skrtel. Glen Johnson has been rested completely after his recent spell with injuries and this gives a chance for 21-year-old Stephen Darby to show what he can do at this level.

One name that comes as a welcome sight on the bench is that of Fernando Torres, out since the beginning of November with a hernia. David Ngog hasn’t made the matchday squad, but Steven Gerrard, Yossi Benayoun and Dirk Kuyt all start. 18-year-old Spanish striker Daniel Pacheco is also on the bench tonight.

There’s clearly some hope from manager Rafa Benitez that Andrea Dossena will be able to do enough tonight to impress someone back in Italy enough to make a move for his signature, so he starts.

And in midfield Javier Mascherano is partnered by Alberto Aquilani, making his first start since his £17m arrival in the summer. Much has been said about the Italian, tonight he finally gets a chance to turn the talk into action.

Liverpool: 1 Cavalieri, 32 Darby, 37 Skrtel, 5 Agger, 22 Insua, 15 Benayoun, 20 Mascherano, 4 Aquilani, 38 Dossena, 8 Gerrard, 18 Kuyt
Subs: 25 Reina, 12 Aurelio, 16 Kyrgiakos, 23 Carragher, 26 Spearing, 9 Torres, 47 Pacheco

Fiorentina: 1 Frey, 2 Kroldrup, 14 Natali, 23 Pasqual, 25 Comotto, 29 De Silvestri, 4 Donadel, 18 Montolivo, 20 Jorgensen, 24 Santana, 11 Gilardino
Subs: 35 Avramov, 90 Seculin, 6 Vargas, 41 Aya, 45 Federico Carraro, 9 Castillo, 32 Marchionni

Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovakia)

Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

4 thoughts on “Liverpool v Fiorentina – Aquilani and Darby start”

  1. You can’t live in the past but ..

    What would Shankly & Paisley be saying now?

    Arsenal up next…
    I feel this game could make or break Benitez’s future at Anfield..

  2. Dont like to say told you so, but…..

    Thing is we will probably beat Arsenal this weekend and Benitez will be a hero again. You have to look at the big picture.

    If we continue like this we wont finish fourth. Why did Aquilani and Torres not play a part against Blackburn where we desperatly needed points. Yesterday didnt matter. I believe he did this with Torres when he first came to Anfield. Its just crazy.

    How long does this go on…..soon it will be to late. Not finishing fourth will cost alot more than Rafa’s pay off believe me.

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