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Raheem Sterling joins the star duo in the starting line-up for this afternoon's friendly with Bayer Leverkusen, while Andy Carroll is consigned to the bench for the Reds

Both Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez will start in a strong Liverpool line-up as the Reds face German side Bayer Leverkusen in their final pre-season friendly of the summer.

This will be the last chance for the club's players to impress before they begin their Premier League campaign against West Brom next weekend.

Youngster Raheem Sterling also makes the starting line-up, but new signing Joe Allen has failed to make the squad although he has made it to Anfield to join his new team mates. Striker Fabio Borini has been rested following his exploits for the Merseyside outfit in Europe in midweek.

Andy Carroll only makes the bench, with Brendan Rodgers' men will be hoping to secure their first friendly victory of their pre-season despite securing two competitive wins in the Europa League gualifiers.

Liverpool legend Sami Hyypia returns to Anfield as manager of Leverkusen, who also finish their pre-season preparations on Sunday before their opening Bundesliga tie against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Lars Bender and Andre Schurrle make the starting eleven after impressing for Germany at Euro 2012 this summer, and are joined by established players such as Simon Rolfes and Stefan Kiessling.

Liverpool: Reina; Enrique, Kelly, Carragher, Coates; Lucas, Shelvey; Gerrard, Downing, Sterling; Suarez. Subs: Carroll, Henderson, Spearing, Adam, Jones, Robinson.

Bayer Leverkusen: Leno, Schwaab, Reinartz, Wollscheid, Rolfes, Bender, Schurrle, Kiessling, Toprak, Kadlec, Bellarabi. Subs: Friedrich, Fernandes, Hegeler, Hosogai, Sam, Carvajal, Yelldell, Carlinhos, Castro.

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