Next Up: West Ham (a)

Time is running out for Rafa Benitez’s men to catch up with league leaders Manchester United, so as ever, victory is absolutely essential.

But the tricky test of Upton Park faces the Reds, with West Ham having just beaten Stoke 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium and still have a UEFA Cup place in their sights.

Fernando Torres is expected to return to the Liverpool line-up after shaking off the ankle problem that kept him out of Sunday’s clash against Newcastle.

Midfielders Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano are also expected to be okay after both picking up knocks in the 3-0 win over the Magpies.

More team news to follow’¦