Manager Kenny Dalglish admits Liverpool will be tested by the absence of injured midfielder Lucas Leiva.

The Brazil international's season has been curtailed by a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained in the Carling Cup quarter-final victory over Chelsea in midweek. Lucas has been one of the Reds' best players over the last two seasons.

"It is a huge disappointment for everybody but more importantly for Lucas," said Dalglish.

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