It might not have the glamour of the Champions League but the Europa League is Liverpool’s last hope of silverware this season and Rafa Benitez has put a strong side out.
Pepe Reina is in goal as expected but many expected Jamie Carragher to sit it out and be allowed more time to get over his injury. Instead he starts at right-back and with Aurelio returning at left-back Emliano Insua is on the bench. Soto Kyrgiakos is on the bench, his domestic suspension of course not applicable to this fixture, with Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel both starting.
Mascherano starts in midfield but Lucas is rested. Alberto Aquilani returns, with Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, Albert Riera and David Ngog in the eleven.
Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Aurelio, Mascherano, Aquilani, Kuyt, Gerrard, Riera, Ngog
Subs: Cavalieri, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Lucas, Insua, Degen, Pacheco