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Aquilani to face Fiorentina

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez will hand Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani his full debut against Fiorentina in Wednesday's Champions League Group E clash at Anfield.

Aquilani was signed from AS Roma in the summer to replace Real Madrid-bound playmaker Xabi Alonso but still required time to recover from knee surgery and has made just three short substitute appearances for Liverpool.

Despite Liverpool's poor start to the season Benitez resisted the urge to rush back Aquilani and is certain he made the right decision.

Benitez said. "We decided we couldn't take any risks with him. It wouldn't have been good for him or us. We wanted to protect him and give him the best opportunity to play well. Hopefully Wednesday will be the day.

"He has quality, good vision and is dynamic. It is a question of match fitness, but I think we will see some of these things against Fiorentina. If he can carry on training properly and play some games, we will see his quality.

"He is a player with experience at international level, which is important, but he is in a new country with different teammates, so he has to settle down and will need time."

Striker Fernando Torres will be back following his groin injury, but will start the match on the bench. Second-choice keeper Diego Cavalieri is also expected to play, with Jose Reina being rested.

Dirk Kuyt could sit out the match with Benitez confirming that several squad players will get a run-out. Reserve striker Daniel Pacheco is likely to be involved at some stage.

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