Man City v Liverpool: Babel replaces Ngog, Torres on the bench

Liverpool are boosted by the return of Fernando Torres from injury after a month on the sidelines. The Reds’ record signing is joined by Yossi Benayoun on the bench.

Ryan Babel and Maxi Rodriguez come into the team, replacing David Ngog and Albert Riera. Dirk Kuyt is expected to lead the attack with Babel and Maxi on the wings.

Lucas Leiva returns to midfield, as does Emiliano Insua at left back.

Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Insua, Lucas, Mascherano, Maxi, Gerrard, Babel, Kuyt
Subs: Cavalieri, Torres, Benayoun, Aquilani, Riera, Aurelio, Kelly

Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, De Jong, Barry, Adam Johnson, Adebayor
Subs: Taylor, Richards, Santa Cruz, Sylvinho, Toure, Bellamy, Ibrahim

Kick off at Eastlands is 3pm.