Anfield hero Fernando Torres to do all the damage at St Andrews’?
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has no fresh injury concerns so could name the same line-up that held Arsenal to a draw last weekend.
However, Kevin Phillips pushed his claim for a rare start by scoring his 250th career goal in that game.
Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani and youngster Martin Kelly have joined injured defenders Fabio Aurelio and Martin Skrtel on the sidelines.
Aquilani has a season-threatening ankle problem, while Kelly has a knee injury.
Injured: Carsley (ankle), O’Connor (groin), Murphy (hamstring)
Injured: Aquilani (ankle), Aurelio (thigh), Kelly (knee), Skrtel (foot) (BBC Sport)
Tottenham’s defeat at Sunderland gave renewed hope to Rafa Benitez that his side could still snatch a top four spot. Manchester City and Aston Villa took advantage of Spurs’ slip up with away wins and now Liverpool must do likewise to have a decent chance of claiming a Champions League spot for next term.
They take on a Birmingham side brimming with confidence and looking to end the season on a high and achieve a top half finish that few would have given them any hope of last August. Alex McLeish’s men are extremely hard to beat on their home patch and have only lost twice at St Andrews’ this term and are on unbeaten run at home since late September.
Liverpool are however on a decent run of form themselves and will be hoping to bounce back from defeat in Lisbon in midweek and will be looking to Fernando Torres to continue his run of good form, seven goals in his last six games, to see them past the midlands outfit.
My Bet of the Day would be a scorecast bet of Fernando Torres to score first and Liverpool to win 2-1 at odds of 16/1. I can also see this game being a little tasty and would wager there being four or more cards shown at 4/6.
My Prediction: 2-1 to Liverpool. Rafa’s men to pull of important win.