Line-up vs Stoke City: Skrtel out

Liverpool will be without defender Martin Skrtel for tonight’s Premier League clash at home to Stoke City at Anfield.

The Slovakian international may be ruled out for two more weeks following his collision with Jamie Carragher in the first half of the Reds’ 2-1 defeat to Tottenham at the weekend.

So 18-year-old Spanish centre-back Daniel Ayala steps in to cover for Skrtel with Yossi Benayoun replacing Ryan Babel in midfield.

Liverpool: Reina, Insua, Johnson, Ayala, Carragher, Mascherano, Lucas, Benayoun, Kuyt, Gerrard, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Voronin, Riera, Ngog, Babel, Kelly.

Kick-off at Anfield is 8pm.