Time for Babel to shine?
Javier Mascherano and Yossi Benayoun have been ruled out of Liverpool‘s UEFA Champions League clash with Fiorentina.
The midfield pair have not travelled with the rest of the squad to Italy for Tuesday’s Group E tie due to illness and injury respectively.
Maschaerano, who made a late appearance off the bench in the weekend win over Hull City, is suffering from sickness, while Benayoun picked up a leg knock in the same game.
Argentine enforcer Mascherano was expected to return to the starting line-up against Fiorentina, but his absence means Steven Gerrard is likely to continue in midfield alongside Lucas Leiva.
Ryan Babel will be hoping to get the nod to replace Benayoun in the starting line-up after his two-goal show as a substitute against Hull. (Sky Sports)
Whilst it’s a shame that both Javier, and especially Yossi have been ruled out of the trip to Florence, given Babel’s quality cameo appearance against Hull perhaps this may not be such an issue.
Everyone at the club at present has upped their games in recent weeks and whilst we have had a few defensive lapses I still feel we are well placed to go to Fiorentina and come back with something and set us up nicely Lyon double header.