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Surprises abound at Anfield. Fernandes Torres doesn’t make the Liverpool matchday squad and Dirk Kuyt’s only on the bench.

Roy Hodgson’s picked a very strong side. Thursday’s back five is retained with Jonathan Greening replacing Simon Davies and a little tweak to the system as well. It looks as though Fulham will be a conventional 4-4-2 with Erik Nevland partnering Bobby Zamora.

LIVERPOOL (4-2-3-1): Reina; G. Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Kyrgiakos; Mascherano, Aquilani; Maxi Rodriguez, Babel, Gerrard; Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Benayoun, Kuyt, Lucas, Degen, Ayala, Pacheco.

FULHAM (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Baird, Konchesky, Hangeland, Hughes; Etuhu, Murphy, Duff, Greening; Zamora, Nevland. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Shorey, Smalling, Dikgacoi, Riise, Okaka.

REFEREE: Andre Marriner (Birmingham).