Liverpool waiting on Benayoun

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun faces a late fitness test ahead of their trip to face Manchester City at Eastlands on Sunday.

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun faces a late fitness test ahead of their trip to face Manchester City at Eastlands on Sunday.

The Israel international has recovered from a broken rib which has sidelined him since January 13, but did not feature in last night’s Europa League victory over Unirea Urziceni because of a back problem.

Maxi Rodriguez returns to the squad having been ineligible for the European tie.

Centre-back Sotirios Kyrgiakos serves the second game of a three-match ban while striker Fernando Torres and full-back Glen Johnson are still not fit after knee injuries.

Provisional squad: Reina, Skrtel, Agger, Carragher, Insua, Gerrard, Lucas, Aquilani, Rodriguez, Riera, Benayoun, Ngog, Kuyt, Cavalieri, Pacheco, Spearing, Babel, Aurelio, Degen.

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