Champions League LIVE! All The Build-Up, All The News

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Welcome to our live coverage of the UEFA Champions League build-up. With two big games set to take place tonight, our roving reporters are out and about finding all the latest news, views, and information for your perusal.

Each timestamped update (in CET) comes directly to you in real time, so check out all the line-ups, fan opinions, and latest news snippets below. Also, feel free to share your comments with us, and don't forget to click onto the Forum for more in-depth discussion...

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20:20 This concludes our live build-up. Now for the main event! Click your choice of match below for LIVE text coverage after you check out the line-ups.

It has been an absolute pleasure to bring you all the news, rumours and line-ups this evening and I do look forward to providing the same service on future match nights. Stick with us throughout the evening and beyond as's international team brings you the very best in football. From me, Ewan Macdonald, I wish you and your team a lucky evening!

20:15 We're almost ready to hand over to our live match coverage teams. To see the confirmed Champions League line-ups for tonight all on the one page, meanwhile, you can click here.

20:10 That pretty much concludes live build-up for tonight, but our Champions League adventure isn't over. Our live commentary will be starting very, very shortly.

20:05 Liverpool's Steven Gerrard
speaks exclusively to's Mohammed Bhana: "One thing's for sure: we will give everything we've got between now and the end of the season. That goes for the Champions League, too. We've got it in our own hands in Europe. We don't have to wait for favours, or for someone else slipping up. If we play to the best of our ability and take our chances in games, then our destiny in the Champions League is very much of our own making. It would have been nice to have faced someone other than Chelsea at this stage, because we've played them every year since the manager took over at Anfield."

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Just to recap that surprising Chelsea selection: Branislav Ivanovic is in at right-back while Michael Essien will play central midfield instead of John Obi Mikel. Ricardo Carvalho is only on the bench, and so is Nicolas Anelka: Alex and Kalou play those places instead.

Analysis of the Barcelona line-up from's James-Walker Roberts: "No surprises from Pep Guardiola with his team selection and bar Eric Abidal, this is probably the strongest line-up he can possibly field. Carles Puyol plays at left-back ahead of Sylvinho, whilst up front is the usual front three that Bayern will have to focus on all match if they are to leave the Camp Nou still in with a chance of reaching the semi-finals."

Analysis of the Bayern Munich line-up from's James Walker-Roberts: "Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made a big move by replacing young Michael Rensing with the more experienced Hans-Jorg Butt in goal, and with the goalkeeper likely to be busy, it is a decision that could go either way. Christian Lell is going to have to play of his life defending against Messi as Phillip Lahm drops to the bench: Barcelona may well target him as a weak point. Meanwhiet Altintop is well known for his versatility and could be key on a night when Bayern are unlikely to have too many opportunities."

Analysis of the Chelsea line-up from's Alan Dawson: "Essien is precisely the player Chelsea have been missing in midfield this season. On return from his lengthy lay-off he immediately took the penetrative intuition into his own hands, or feet, and his direct style from deep, together with his break-up play and ferocity in the tackle, can directly make up for the pundits' cries of the Blues' midfield being too "one-paced and one dimensional." A bastardised 4-1-4-1 can easily be deployed with the bullying Drogba leading the line considering the players mentioned in the official line-up, whereas if they lose possession, they can easily revert to a defensive 4-5-1. But where is Anelka?"

Analysis of the Liverpool line-up from's Zack Wilson: "It's pretty much as expected for the Reds, with their twin talismans leading the line and the indomitable Carragher anchoring the defence. There's big gap where Mascherano's name should be though, and Reds fans will be anxious about whether Lucas, a man who seems to enjoy little trust from Kop-ites, can fill the Argentine's boots on such a vital night. Xabi Alonso alongide him may well be tonight's key performer in what is likle to be busy night for the Basque."

We'll have expert analysis of all four of these line-ups in a second. Also, stay tuned:'s Mohammed Bhana will soon have exclusive words with Steven Gerrard for us.

19:41 CONFIRMED LINE-UP for BAYERN MUNICH: Butt; Oddo, Demichelis, Breno, Lell; Schweinsteiger, Van Bommel, Ze Roberto, Ribery; Toni, Hamit Altintop.

19:41 CONFIRMED LINE-UP for BARCELONA: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Marquez, Puyol; Xavi, Toure, Iniesta; Messi, Eto'o, Henry.

19:40 CONFIRMED LINE-UP for CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole; Ballack, Essien, Lampard; Kalou, Drogba, Malouda.

19:39 CONFIRMED LINE-UP for LIVERPOOL: Reina; Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Aurelio; Lucas, Xabi Alonso; Kuyt, Gerrard, Riera; Torres.

More from Rafael Benitez courtesy of's Mohammed Bhana: "Of course we would rather score early, but we always talk about having to keep going until the end."

A late, late word from Liverpool's Rafael Benitez at Anfield. Speaking exclusively to's Mohammed Bhana, the manager said, "The main thing about our win over Fulham was the belief we displayed. We worked hard and played well. We are confident."

We mentioned earlier that in the last three seasons of meetings between Liverpool and Chelsea, the win and draw tally for each side has been equal. But did you know that the only time Chelsea progressed past the Blues - last season - they played the first leg at Anfield? Something to think about!

We are expecting the first of the confirmed line-ups within the next thirty to forty minutes. Still, we have a prediction of the Liverpool eleven: Reina; Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Aurelio; Lucas, Xabi Alonso; Kuyt, Gerrard, Riera; Torres.

A comment from user KacyFigo in Trinidad. He says, "I think Guus' philosophy of attacking Liverpool is exactly what Liverpool want. Liverpool in Europe is a strong defensive unit that is deadly on the counter attack. I believe Chelsea would be more cautious today and both teams will cancel each other out." Meanwhile Ahmed from Kuwait says, "Which player do you think will make the headlines tomorrow?" Here's two: Dirk Kuyt and Andres Iniesta.

Our man in Liverpool is five minutes away from Anfield. "It's heaving," he tells us. "It's getting busy very quickly." Little sign of the Chelsea fans just yet, though!

Back to Anfield for the Liverpool-Chelsea buildup. We're expecting the full line-ups in around 45 minutes. Rafa Benitez said in his pre-match press conference: "It is not a good time for either of us to be playing the other. It is a big challenge for both teams. They have a good team with experience and a manager with experience. This game is 50-50. We have beaten them twice this season in the league, it will give us confidence, but this is a different competition and it will be down to just one or two mistakes."

Talal from the USA asks a Barcelona question, namely, "Do you think Messi is going to be tracking back more than usual to help Dani Alves mark Ribery. If so, will this affect Messi and Alves's play down the right wing?" Good question, but I think that it will be Alves' role more modified than anything else. Messi will be one of the hopes to create his own chances if Bayern's back line plays deep.

Remember, Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has issued more fightin' words ahead of the match at Anfield with Liverpool. "We come here not to sit back and wait and react. It is not the way to play football in my philosophy, nor the team's concept of how to play football. Whenever we can we try to take the initiative."

A couple of readers are asking for the editor's predictions. Well, here are what our preview experts had to say on the matter.'s Mike Maguire says of Liverpool-Chelsea: "Chelsea won't win - you simply don't when you travel to Anfield for a Champions League tie. They have the ability to score, certainly, but then few teams have been better at finding the net than Liverpool of late. Drogba's potential absence could be crucial, given the way these encounters tend to suit the Ivorian's style. A narrow win for 'Pool, then, is this punter's bet. 1-0." And's Lucas Brown forsees a corker at Camp Nou: "Given that these two teams are the top goalscorers in the competition, it should be an open and attacking game. Barcelona will no doubt hit the net, but after after their heavy defeat at the weekend Bayern will be keen to put that behind them by setting themselves up with a chance of progressing to the semi-finals of the Champions League with a good display in Camp Nou. 3-2."

Andrea from Malta asks, "Do you guys think that the key to cancelling out Barcelona is cancelling out Xavi? I think if Bayern consistently put pressure on the playmaker and not allow him to have space and time to spray passses all over the pitch then Barca's offense is severely diminished. Also what do you think about the clash between Lahm and Messi. Who do you predict to come on top?" For the first part, it's as much down to Iniesta as Xavi. If Iniesta is given the freedom to come forward quickly without waiting for support then he will be able to do damage - the danger is that without Xavi's range of passing the play can become a bit slow. As for that key battle - well, we think Lahm isn't going to play, so it's Messi by default!

18:39 Liverpool
and Chelsea's European meetings have come in the last four consecutive seasons. It's too close to call based on this continental form guide: two wins for the Reds, two wins for the Blues, and four draws is their recent record.

Quickly going back to Barcelona-Bayern Munich, we asked the readers to vote in an ongoing poll to see the result. At time of writing the ballots stand at: 51.52% Barcelona win, 34.34% Bayern win, 13.13% score draw, and 1.01% scoreless draw.

As for Chelsea, we predicted the following line-up: Cech - Alex, Terry, Carvalho, A Cole - Mikel, Essien, Lampard - Malouda, Anelka, Kalou

Some readers are asking about the Bayern Munich line-up tonight. It has been reported widely that Michael Rensing in goal will not take part, with Jorg Butt playing instead. Meanwhile Bild claims that key full back Phillip Lahm has failed a late fitness test after picking up a knock at the weekend!

Still on Barcelona-Bayern Munich, just one player survives in the (presumed) starting line-ups from last time these sides met. That would be Xavi, then a young buck of a teenager under the tutelage of Louis van Gaal.

Let's not forget Barcelona versus Bayern Munich. Believe it or not these sides have only met in Europe before in two seasons. In the 1999 Champions League group stage Bayern won 1-0 at home before securing a 2-1 win at Camp Nou; three years prior, the Germans prevailed with a 4-3 aggregate win in the UEFA Cup semi-final.

Coming up we'll also have some words from around Anfield courtesy of our own correspondent in Liverpool. For now, let's remember that Rafael Benitez's side are about to meet Chelsea for the 23rd time in just five seasons.

18:07 Chelsea
's Guus Hiddink has said that the Blues are heading to Anfield to attack, which would be a departure from the London side's traditional modus operandi. Team selection-wise, Liverpool are likely to start with Steven Gerrard off Fernando Torres up front.

Remember to submit your comments at the foot of the page, and we'll do our best to highlight some of them here.

As a reminder, tonight's matches are Liverpool versus Chelsea and Barcelona versus Bayern Munich. Last night we saw Manchester United 2-2 FC Porto and Villarreal 1-1 Arsenal.

Live coverage begins again for another day! For the uninitiated, we'll be bringing you the latest updates, fan opinions, and special news items from around the grounds from now until kick-off in the two big games. Above all, there will be the confirmed line-ups the very minute that they are announced at Anfield and Camp Nou.