Arbeloa injured for Reds

Liverpool were without Alvaro Arbeloa for their St Stephen's Day clash with Bolton.

Liverpool were without Alvaro Arbeloa for their St Stephen's Day clash with Bolton.

The full-back picked up a hamstring injury in training, so Jamie Carragher moved to right-back with Sami Hyypia slotting into the centre of defence.

Liverpool also restored Yossi Benayoun to midfield at the expense of Lucas, who was joined on the bench by fit-again Javier Mascherano, now recovered from an illness which kept him out of the draw at Arsenal last weekend.

Bolton have won three of their last five league games since losing at home to Liverpool in November.

And they made one change from the side that beat Portsmouth last weekend, bringing in battling midfielder Fabrice Muamba for Kevin Davies, who was on the bench.

Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Hyypia, Agger, Insua, Benayoun, Gerrard, Alonso, Riera, Keane, Kuyt.

Subs: Cavalieri, Babel, Mascherano, Leiva Lucas, Ngog, El Zhar, Darby.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O’Brien, Samuel, Muamba, Nolan, McCann, Taylor, Gardner, Elmander.

Subs: Al Habsi, Smolarek, Davies, Riga, Shittu, Basham, Obadeyi.

Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)

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