Europa League: Pacheco and Wilson start for Reds

Europa League: Steaua Bucharest v Liverpool

Whatever happens here tonight, the hot topic on tomorrow’s back pages will be the failure of the England bid for the 2018 World Cup, a bid that would have seen Anfield – or the new stadium should it ever be built – host games in FIFA’s big tournament in 8 years’ time.

Pacheco, Jovanovich and Babel handed a chance to shineTonight’s Liverpool line-up features a number of players who should still be in their prime when that tournament kicks off in Russia – manager Roy Hodgson has made 10 changes to the side that played in his latest away defeat, against Spurs on Sunday.

Dani Pacheco is brought back from out of the cold and gets to start for the first time since Hodgson oversaw Liverpool’s early exit to “formidable” Northampton in the Carling Cup. Not that he’s literally out of the cold for tonight’s game, Liverpool considered the weather conditions to be extreme enough to put out an official warning to supporters.

Danny Wilson also gets to start tonight, with Jonjo Shelvey and Martin Kelly getting another opportunity to show their worth. Soto Kyrgiakos starts in the centre of defence, but Pepe Reina gets the captain’s armband in the absence of both Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

Fabio Aurelio comes in at left-back in place of Konchesky, but Poulsen returns in place of Lucas. Joe Cole is back from injury and still looking to make a decent impression in a Red shirt, as is Milan Jovanovich, another starter. Ryan Babel starts, it remains to be seen if that’s in the centre-forward position he prefers to his usual wide role.

The bench also has a youthful look with Nathan Eccleston, John Flanagan and Jack Robinson amongst the seven subs.

Kick-off is early – 6pm UK time.

Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Kyrgiakos, Wilson, Aurelio, Poulsen, Shelvey, Jovanovic, Pacheco, Cole, Babel.
Subs: Jones, Lucas, Ngog, Skrtel, Eccleston, Flanagan, Robinson.

5 thoughts on “Europa League: Pacheco and Wilson start for Reds”

  1. wahey – finally Hodgson goes with my ENTIRE team selection!!!! 😀

    Hopefully we line up with Pacheco behind Jovanvich, Cole with a free role from the left and Babel offering width on the right, instead of Cole behind Babel and Pacheco on the wing. Half decent weather conditions and I expect some good football from that team, irrespective of any big names missing!!!

  2. Jim seeing how the notion of groundshare keeps appearing, like todays reports with regards to Martin Broughton maybe its time for a poll on the subject?

    I dont know anyone in favour of the idea.

  3. Hi All,

    The Houllier “love-in” continues exclusivley in the Mirror.

    Link:
    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Liverpool-former-boss-Gerard-Houllier-claims-he-brought-the-club-into-the-21st-century-article644897.html

    Yea he modernised Liverpool, He was a good Administrator not a good Manager and thats it. Houllier loves taking credit for alot of things its typical of the man and I personally expect nothing less from him. Its funny to note that Rafa only ever calimed that the current squad is not as bad as it seems or as people make it out to be. While Houllier claims it was his legacy in everything that was successful and keeps very quiet on the not successful period and dire playing style during his reign. Odd man looking to feed his ego again.

  4. Yet another abject away performance. It is time for Hodgeson to go before we head for a record 14/15 defeats in the Premiership.

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