Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has identified Italian striker Antonio di Natale as Udinese's main threat as the two clubs prepare to meet in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

Udinese travel to Anfield for the Group A encounter having drawn their opening game with big-spending Russians Anzhi Makhachkala, while the Reds top the table after their win over Young Boys.

Liverpool enter into the match with their Italian opponents having posted their first Premier League win of the season against Norwich, while Udinese themselves have just one victory this term.

This solitary win, however, was in the Bianconeri's meeting with AC Milan, with Di Natale netting the winner against the nine-man Serie A giants at the Stadio Friuli.

It was Di Natale's third goal in as many games and Rodgers says Liverpool's young side will have to be at the best to keep the 34-year-old - a veteran of 42 Italy appearances - quiet at Anfield.

"He's a talent, for sure - look at his goalscoring record," the Liverpool boss told a pre-match press conference.

"He's 34 years of age but he's a wonderful talent. He's a real clever player, he's bright and he scores goals.

"He's a player we'll have to pay attention to. I'm aware he hasn't played in the last few games, but I'm sure that's now been resolved and he'll be playing.

"I'm sure every player wants to play at Anfield, so he will be a threat and someone we will need to control."

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