Next Up: Blackburn (h)

After the disappointment of Wednesday’s 1-3 defeat at home to Chelsea in the Champions League, it’s back to the vital task of keeping up the pace with Premier League leaders Manchester Utd.

In another must-win game for the Reds, Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn Rovers make the trip to Anfield off the back of a dramatic 2-1 victory over Tottenham last weekend.

Victory for Rafa Benitez’s men would put them back at the top of the table by two points, with Man Utd playing Sunderland later in the afternoon.

Javier Mascherano, who was rested for last Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Fulham and suspended in midweek against Chelsea, is expected to return to the starting line-up in place of Brazilian Lucas.

More team news to follow’¦