And so the first night, with the ties that are supposedly over, have thrown up few surprises in their line-ups...
As expected, no surprises from Guus Hiddink this evening. He has gone with the same line-up that did the job at Anfield, with the exception of skipper John Terry missing the game through suspension and Alex being a more than able deputy. This is a team well-equipped to deal with any potential threat Liverpool have to offer, it's just a matter of all the individuals showing up as they did a week ago.
Liverpool (4-5-1): Reina; Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Aurelio; Kuyt, Lucas, Mascherano, Alonso, Benayoun; Torres.
It's another conservative line-up from Rafa Benitez. There is no Ryan Babel, despite his ability to run at defences and make things happen. Lucas has retained his place despite his poor showing in the first leg, and without Gerrard due to injury, there is no genuine attacking threat coming through the middle. The injured skipper hasn't even made the bench, which may be a move Rafa regrets if he finds himself even a goal to the good and thinking Stevie G could have come on to give his side that extra kick.
Bayern Munich (4-4-1-1): Butt; Lell, Lucio, Demichelis, Lahm; Sosa, Van Bommel, Ottl, Ze Roberto; Ribery; Toni.
The Bavarian giants at least welcome back Philipp Lahm but are still missing the likes of Miroslav Klose, goalkeeper Rensing and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Tactically, this is a fairly good formation, but the players simply don't have what it takes to do what will be required of them tonight. They'll be lucky to avoid defeat.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Valdes; Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal; Yaya Toure, Keita, Xavi; Iniesta, Eto'o, Messi.
It's as good as full-strength from the Blaugrana. Thierry Henry is out with the fever, but Andres Iniesta, many would argue, is an even better player from the left-wing position. The midfield is solid, with Seydou Keita and Yaya Toure pairing up together, to ensure that Bayern don't get a run on them. Xavi will, with the backing of Yaya and Keita, most likely be afforded the freedom to get his head up and run the show, particularly after being rested at the weekend. Bayern beware.
Sulmaan Ahmad, Goal.com
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