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Suarez: Gunning for Calcio

Suarez: Gunning for Calcio

Liverpool travel to the Stadio Friuli to face Udinese for Thursday's must win tie in order to qualify for the next round of the UEFA Europa League.

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The Bianconeri come into this match struggling for form, having won just one in their last eight fixtures in all competitions.

They are also essentially out of the competition despite only being three points behind their English opposition.

The Italians will have to make do without Luis Muriel, who is a long-term injury concern.

Dusan Basta, Maurizio Domizzi and Mehdi Benatia all join Muriel on the injured list and will not be up for selection.

Andrea Lazzari and Giampiero Pinzi will be handed late fitness tests ahead of the match and could be ready to feature. Willians will miss out through suspension.

Meanwhile, the Reds come into the midweek clash fresh off a dominant win against Southampton on Saturday.

The Merseysiders head to Italy knowing that only a win will guarantee them progression to the next round.

Luis Suarez is set for his first away start in the competition this term, while Jose Reina, Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel all joined him on the trip.

However, skipper Steven Gerrard along with Daniel Agger and newly-fit Lucas Leiva have remained at Anfield.

The only injury concerns for Brendan Rodgers's side are long-term absentees Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly.

Posted: 05/12/12 16:08

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