Liverpool host Turkish side Galatasaray at Anfield this Wednesday night in the Champions League group stage. It is the second match in the group stages with both sides having drawn their opening games 0-0 with PSV and Bordeaux.
The last time the two sides met was in the same stage of Europe’s top competition in the 2000-01 season when both games ended in draws too – 0-0 at Anfield and 1-1 in Istanbul.
Familiar names in the opposition squad include former Red Rigobert Song (although actually injured with a hamstring problem for the match), midfielder Junichi Inamoto (also sidelined) and star striker Hakan Sukur.
Gala come into the game having lost 3-1 at the weekend to Trabzonspor.
The return tie between the two sides will take place on December 5th in Istanbul, at the Ataturk Stadium.
Jamie Carragher will return to the Liverpool eleven at the expense of either Daniel Agger or Sami Hyypia. Most likely to be Agger, therefore giving him a rest after a good run in the side. In midfield Luis Garcia could replace Gonzales on the left. Up front Peter Crouch is expected to come in for either Bellamy or Kuyt, most likely Bellamy. Benitez may also opt to rest and rotate others.
Liverpool: Pepe Reina; Steve Finnan, Sami HyypiÃ¤, Jamie Carragher, John Arne Riise; Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Mohamed Sissoko, Luis GarcÃa; Peter Crouch, Dirk Kuyt.
Galatasaray: Faryd MondragÃ³n; SabrÄ± SarÄ±oÄŸlu, Emre AÅŸÄ±k, Ferhat Ã–ztorun, Stjepan Tomas; Okan Buruk, Ayhan Akman, Hasan ÅžaÅŸ, Arda Turan; Hakan ÅžÃ¼kÃ¼r, Ãœmit Karan.