LFC v Wolves – Kuyt on bench. Torres, Gerrard and Aquilani start.

As expected Alberto Aquilani makes his first start in the league for Liverpool this evening as they try to get the festive programme off to a good start.

The £17m signing is in for Javier Mascherano who got himself suspended for four matches after being sent off last time out against Portsmouth. Lucas plays alongside him with Steven Gerrard further forward in support of Fernando Torres.

With Pepe Reina in goal, Glen Johnson joins Emiliano Insua, Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger at the back, with starts also going to Fabio Aurelio and Yossi Benayoun.

Dirk Kuyt is rested, but is one of the options on the bench.

Liverpool: 25 Reina, 2 Johnson, 23 Carragher, 5 Agger, 22 Insua, 15 Benayoun, 21 Lucas, 4 Aquilani, 12 Aurelio, 8 Gerrard, 9 Torres
Subs: 1 Cavalieri, 32 Darby, 37 Skrtel, 26 Spearing, 18 Kuyt, 24 Ngog, 47 Pacheco

Wolves: 13 Hahnemann, 5 Stearman, 6 Craddock, 11 Ward, 16 Berra, 32 Foley, 8 Henry, 17 Jarvis, 20 Milijas, 9 Ebanks-Blake, 29 Doyle
Subs: 1 Hennessey, 3 Elokobi, 27 Mancienne, 12 Surman, 35 Castillo, 19 Iwelumo, 33 Maierhofer