Reds v Birmingham: Soto, Yossi & Maxi start

Javier Mascherano drops to the bench for Liverpool as they face Birmingham City at St. Andrews this afternoon.

It looks like a return to the formation against Sunderland last week, but with Lucas and Steven Gerrard in midfield.

Ahead of them, Benayoun replaces Ryan Babel and Maxi Rodriguez comes back in on with Dirk Kuyt moving more centrally alongside Fernando Torres.

At the back, Daniel Agger makes way for Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Maxi, Lucas, Gerrard, Benayoun, Kuyt, Torres
Subs: Cavalieri, Agger, Aquilani, Babel, Ngog, Degen, Mascherano

Birmingham: Hart, Carr, Ridgewell, Johnson, Dann, Bowyer, Ferguson, Fahey, Gardner, Jerome, McFadden