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UEFA Europa League

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

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

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

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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.


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UEFA Europa League ‎(EL)‎ Dec 6, 2012 Udinese 0 - Liverpool 1
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UEFA Europa League ‎(EL)‎ Oct 4, 2012 Liverpool 2 - Udinese 3
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25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
16Sebastián CoatesDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
49Jack RobinsonDefender
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
24Oussama AssaidiStriker
29Fabio BoriniStriker
1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
37Martin SkrtelDefender
47Andre Wisdom Defender
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
31Raheem SterlingMidfielder
9Luis SuárezStriker
1Zeljko BrkicGoalkeeper
11Maurizio DomizziDefender
4Mehdi BenatiaDefender
26Giovanni PasqualeDefender
27Pablo ArmeroDefender
6Marco FaraoniDefender
-Roberto PereyraMidfielder
66Giampiero PinziMidfielder
10Antonio Di NataleStriker
30Daniele PadelliGoalkeeper
16Andrea CodaDefender
75Thomas HeurtauxDefender
21Andrea LazzariMidfielder
-Mathias RanégieStriker
-Diego FabbriniStriker

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