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UEFA Europa League

  • 4 October 2012
  • • 20:05
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: S. Johannesson
  • • Attendance: 40092

Liverpool - Udinese Preview: Reds aim to cement top spot in Group A

Brendan Rodgers' side can claim maximum points from their first two group games with three points against the dangerous Italian outfit at Anfield



Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Enrique
 Henderson, Shelvey
Assaidi, Suso, Borini


Danilo, Domizzi, Benatia, Armero
Faraoni, Bado
Lazarri, Pereya, Willians,

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is again without Martin Kelly (knee) and Lucas Leiva (thigh), with both expected to be out for at least another month. Joe Cole (hamstring) could be in line for his comeback after coming through a reserve game.

Jose Enrique is a doubt for the match but could make the squad with Kelly also injured, otherwise Rodgers has no other injury or suspension problems.

The visiting side are likely to rest star striker Antonio Di Natale for the match with Matias Ranegie expected to lead the attack. Otherwise Francesco Guidolin has a more or less a full strength side to choose from.

  • Liverpool and Udinese are meeting for the first time in Uefa competition.
  • The Reds have won eight and lost 10 of their last 23 European games against Italian teams.
  • Liverpool have won three of their last four games in all competitions.
  • However, Liverpool are unbeaten in six European games, including all five under their new boss Brendan Rodgers.
  • Udinese have only one once against an English side, beating Tottenham in the 2008-09 Uefa Cup.
  • The visit to Anfield will be Udinese's 50th outing in the Uefa Cup and Europa League.
  • Udinese goalkeeper Daniele Padelli played for Liverpool in 2007 on loan from UC Sampdoria, making his only appearance for the club in a 2-2 draw at home against Charlton Athletic FC, with current Liverpool players Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Steven Gerrard among Padelli's team-mates that day.
  • Udinese have drawn four of their last five games in all competitions.

Players to watch

J. Shelvey

Position: Midfielder

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The England Under-21 midfielder came off the bench to score twice in Liverpool's first match of the group stage against Young Boys. After sitting out the weekend's league win over Norwich due to suspension, the attacking midfielder is likely to start and will be out to prove a point to his manager Brendan Rodgers.

A. Di Natale

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The talismanic Italian striker is likely to start the match on the Anfield bench but the Serie A side will once again look to him if things are not going their way in the second half. Di Natale came on as a sub to rescue a point for Guidolin's men against Anzhi in their first group game and could play a similar role against the Reds.

Editor's Prediction

Brendan Rodgers has finally got Liverpool playing his brand of passing football and winning games and will hope to continue the short run of form with a strong home performance against a dangerous Italian outfit.

Both sides will make numerous changes from their strongest line-ups for the midweek clash. The Reds arguably edge Udinese for strength in depth and therefore expect Liverpool's younger players to get a narrow win and cement their place at the top of the group.

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