Europa League: Gomel Vs Liverpool Highlights, Match Preview, Team News and Predictions

Anfield side begin new campaign with trip to Belarus.

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Team News

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll will miss the first leg of the Europa League third round tie with a groin strain.

Carroll, who has been linked with possible moves to Premier League rivals Newcastle and West Ham in recent weeks, has not made the trip to Belarus.

New Reds signing Fabio Borini could feature though, while Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy are on Olympic duty.
Vadim Demidovich should start in attack for Gomel, with skipper Nikolai Kashevski leading the defence.

Defender Jamie Carragher could also make his 700th Liverpool appearance, the 139th in European club matches.

Last season Gomel, who have never progressed beyond the first round of any major European cup competition, finished third in the Belarusian Premier League but did lift their country’s version of the FA Cup. (BBC Sport)

Match Preview

Brendan Rodgers on Thursday takes charge of his first competitive game as Liverpool manager but all speculation will be surrounding Andy Carroll.

The Anfield club have headed to Belarus for the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie against FC Gomel but the £35million striker has not travelled.

The former Swansea manager has been tasked with returning the glory days to Anfield after a disappointing 2011/12 Premier League campaign when the club only finished eighth.

Liverpool and Dalglish did of course win the League Cup, securing them a place in Europe, but Rodgers will still know he faces a big job in renewing confidence.

Gomel last season finished third in the Belarusian Premier League but lifted the domestic cup.

They have never progressed beyond the first round of any major European competition but Rodgers is refusing to dismiss the challenge Liverpool face at Central Stadion. (Sky Sports)

Kick Off: 19:00 BST
Location: Central Stadium, Gomel, Belarus
Prediction: 3-0 Liverpool

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