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Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs Besiktas: Balotelli starts, Emre Can in midfield

Kolo Toure, Alberto Moreno, Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge come into the Liverpool side for Thursday evening’s Europa League last-32 second-leg encounter with Besiktas in Istanbul.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Thursday, February 26, 2015: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli inspects the pitch before the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg match against Besiktas JK at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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Closing date is 6th March 2015, when the winner will be notified.[/quote_box_right]The Reds return to the Ataturk Stadium, the scene of their 2005 Champions League triumph, with a 1-0 lead from the first leg at Anfield a week ago.

With Mamadou Sakho injured, Toure comes into defence alongside Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren with Emre Can moving into midfield alongside Joe Allen.

Moreno was a useful half-time substitute in Liverpool’s 2-0 victory at Southampton on Sunday. He replaces the suspended Lazar Markovic, whilst Sturridge returns to the starting XI alongside Balotelli in attack.

Jordan Henderson (ankle) and Philippe Coutinho (rested) were both left on Merseyside to rest, whilst Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva miss the game through injury.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Toure, Skrtel, Lovren, Ibe, Allen, Can, Moreno, Sterling, Balotelli, Sturridge.

Substitutes: Ward, Manquillo, Williams, Brannagan, Lallana, Lambert, Borini.

Besiktas: Gonen, Kurtulus, Uysal, Franco, Opare, Kavlak, Hutchinson, Tore, Sosa, Sahan, Demba Ba.

Besiktas vs Liverpool gets underway at 6pm and is live on ITV 4 in the UK.

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