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UEFA Europa League

  • December 6, 2012
  • • 1:00 PM
  • • Dacia Arena, Udine
  • Referee: Duarte Nuno Pereira Gomes
  • • Attendance: 7650

Europa League Preview: Udinese - Liverpool

Europa League Preview: Udinese - Liverpool

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The home side is eliminated from the Europa League but possess the lethal finishing of Antonio Di Natale and Brendan Rodgers faces a challenge to secure progression.



Heurtaux, Danilo, Coda
Faraoni, Pereyra, Badu, Lazzari, Armero
Fabbrini, Di Natale

Wisdom, Skrtel, Coates, Downing
Henderson, Shelvey, Sahin
Suso, Suarez, Assaidi

Brendan Rodgers has rotated his squad ahead of his previous Europa League matches, with defenders Andre Wisdom, Jamie Carragher, midfielders Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Jonjo Shelvey and winger Oussama Assaidi featuring in four or more of the club's five Group A games so far.

Luis Suarez may lead the line up front, having incurred a suspension for Sunday's Premier League trip to West Ham, with forward Fabio Borini (foot) and defender Martin Kelly (knee) still unavailable through injury.

Udinese is without right back Dusan Basta (cheek fracture) and center backs Maurizio Domizzi and Mehdi Benatia have been out through injury. Willians is suspended, while fellow midfielders Andrea Lazzari and Giampiero Pinzi are recovering from injury but could make a comeback in this fixture.

Striker Luis Muriel (broken leg) is out, so Antonio Di Natale could be joined by Diego Fabbrini or Matias Ranegie.

  • Udinese has missed out on the knockout stage for the first time in the team's four UEFA Cup and Europa League group-stage campaigns, despite three goals from captain Antonio Di Natale (pictured right).
  • The Zebrette are on an unprecedented three-game European losing streak in Group A, conceding eight in the process, having never lost more than two games in a row in Europe prior to their Matchday 5 defeat away to now-qualified Anzhi Makhachkala. 
  • Francesco Guidolin's side entered the Europa League having lost its second successive Champions League playoff but now sits ninth in Serie A, although the club recorded an emphatic 4-1 win over Cagliari on Sunday.

  • Liverpool is ahead of Young Boys in second place on head-to-head record and would qualify for the Europa League knockout stage with a win. A draw would also take the club through, provided that the Swiss side does not win at home against qualified Anzhi and overtake the Reds on points.

  • The Reds would be out with a defeat at the Stadio Friuli, even if Young Boys lose, as the Swiss side would then be top of a three-way head-to-head involving both Liverpool and Udinese.

  • Udinese has won two of its four fixtures against English sides in European competition, losing both legs of the 2011-12 Champions League playoffs to Arsenal but beating Tottenham in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup group stage in addition to the win in October over Liverpool.

  • The Reds have won eight of their 24 European games against Italian teams, drawing five and losing 11 - including four of their nine matches away against Italian teams.

  • Liverpool has faced Italian teams in five finals of UEFA competition, losing three and winning twice on penalties for the European Cup against Roma in 1984 and against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League.

  • Udinese reserve goalkeeper Daniele Padelli played for Liverpool in 2007 on loan from Sampdoria, appearing alongside Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Steven Gerrard in the final match of the season against Charlton, his only game for the club.

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