Carling Cup: Birmingham v Reds – confirmed team

Rafael Benitez has again named Robbie Fowler captain for the night, again in the Carling Cup. Captain Steven Gerrard didn't travel for the game tonight against Birmingham at St Andrew's and vice-captain Jamie Carragher has been named on the bench.

Jermaine Pennant gets the nod for the right-wing against his old club, as expected, and Craig Bellamy is fit again to line up in attack alongside Fowler in attack.

Liverpool: Dudek, Warnock, Agger, Paletta, Peltier, Sissoko, Zenden, Pennant, Gonzalez, Bellamy, Fowler.
Subs: Martin, Kuyt, Alonso, Carragher, Guthrie.