Liverpool will be missing three key players for tomorrow’s home Barclays Premier League game against Wigan.
Out for 10 to 15 days with a hamstring injury is striker Fernando Torres, who will also miss the Champions League midweek trip back to Atletico Madrid and the vital league fixture at Chelsea on Sunday week.
Also missing will be winger Ryan Babel, who picked an ankle injury on international duty – and boss Rafael Benitez must decide on a replacement for defender Martin Skrtel, out until Christmas with a knee injury sustained against Manchester City.
Daniel Agger or Sami Hyypia will come into defence, while Dirk Kuyt will probably partner Robbie Keane up front. Yossi Benayoun could also come in.
Provisional squad: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Hyypia, Agger, Aurelio, Dossena, Benayoun, Gerrard, Alonso, Mascherano, Riera, Kuyt, Keane, Ngog, Pennant, Lucas, Cavalieri.