Liverpool vs Real Madrid - Live Team Sheet

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Liverpool vs Real Madrid
UEFA Champions League - Group B
Anfield
22nd October, 2014; 7:45pm kick-off

Brendan Rodgers will be hoping for a big performance from Mario Balotelli after naming the Italian striker as a starter against Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti is without Welsh winger Gareth Bale, but can call upon both Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema as the La Liga outfit look to go nine points from nine games.

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Whilst the Reds don't have such an embarrassment of riches, they'll be hoping to cause a minor upset following defeat to Basle in round two of the fixtures.

Raheem Sterling is fit to start once again after impressing for Liverpool against QPR, whilst Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho also gets the nod ahead of England international Adam Lallana.

LIVE TEAM SHEET

Liverpool

Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno; Henderson, Gerrard, Allen; Sterling, Coutinho, Balotelli.

SUBS: Jones, Toure, Manquillo, Can, Lallana, Markovic, Lambert.

Real Madrid

Casillas, Arbeloa, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Rodriguez, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema.

SUBS: Navas, Khedira, Chicharito, Carvajal, Nacho, Illarra, Medran.

Team Sheet reaction

No surprises at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard leading Liverpool out against a Madrid side packed full of talent going forward.

Rodgers will hope his tricky wide players can get at the La Liga side's full-backs however, and Sterling has the pace to cause either Arbeloa or Marcelo problems. Pepe is also a potential weak link in the Madrid defence.

However, they have World Cup superstar James Rodriguez and Spanish playmaker Isco supporting the big two, whilst Luka Modric is capable of unlocking any defence - even one that boasts Glen Johnson.

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