Liverpool v Fulham: Torres injured, Kuyt on bench

Liverpool play fellow Europa Cup semi-finalists Fulham at home today, needing a win to keep the pressure on Manchester City and Spurs in the fight for fourth place. All Liverpool can do is win their own games and hope the others slip up, but they’ll have to do it today without Fernando Torres.

The Spanish striker strained a knee helping Liverpool on their way to victory over Benfica so his place is taken today by David Ngog.

Also missing is Emiliano Insua, but unlike on Thursday when he was suspended he’s out with an injury today. Daniel Agger will fill in again, meaning Kyrgiakos and Carragher take the centre-back roles with Glen Johnson at right-back.

Also out of the starting line-up are Dirk Kuyt, Lucas Leiva and Yossi Benayoun, who all drop to the bench alongside Cavalieri, Degen, Pacheco and Ayala.

Alberto Aquilani starts, presumably in central midfield ahead of Javier Mascherano, with Ryan Babel, Steven Gerrard and Maxi Rodriguez supporting David Ngog.

Former Red Danny Murphy starts for Fulham.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Agger, Mascherano, Aquilani, Babel, Maxi, Gerrard, Ngog.
Subs: Cavalieri, Kuyt, Benayoun, Lucas, Degen, Pacheco, Ayala.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Konchesky, Hangeland, Baird, Hughes, Murphy, Duff, Etuhu, Greening, Nevland, Zamora
Subs: Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Shorey, Smalling, Riise, Dikgacoi, Okaka Chuka