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50-50: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

Champions League 4 hours ago
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By ESPN Staff
Sep 29, 2010

Torres set for Europa League clash

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is set to make his first Europa League appearance of the season on Thursday but captain Steven Gerrard has not made the trip to Utrecht.

• Kuyt won't hold back

Gerrard and defender Daniel Agger are the only two senior players left at home as manager Roy Hodgson names a strong squad for their second Group K fixture.

Agger's absence, coupled with Paul Konchesky's hamstring injury and Fabio Aurelio's on-going Achilles tendon problem, means Martin Kelly is likely to be forced into action as an emergency left-back.

Netherlands forward Dirk Kuyt, who made a comeback from a shoulder injury at the weekend, is set to face his former club.

"It means a lot to go back," Kuyt told the club's official website. "They are the club that gave me the opportunity to play professional football. I had five years there and really enjoyed it. I was really happy for the opportunity they gave me.

"I don't know a lot of players there now. There are just two or three that still play for the team, but I also know a few guys who work at the club so it'll be nice to go back and see them."

He added: "We want to get a result. If we beat Utrecht in Utrecht, it will be great because we would have six points in the group already and we would almost be in the next round.

"We work every day with this team and know we have the quality. It's just a matter of time until we get results."

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