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Champions League hopes rest on make or break Man City clash, admits Rafa

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20 Nov 2009 17:22:49

Champions League hopes rest on make or break Man City clash, admits Rafa

Rafael Benitez acknowledges that Liverpool's clash with Manchester City on Saturday is 'make or break' to their hopes of ensuring Champions League football next season. The stakes are very high for boss Benitez, who has sent four players - Yossi Benayoun, Albert Riera, Glen Johnson and Fabio Aurelio - to Belgrade this weekfor unorthodox placenta cell treatment on their injuries. Now all four, plus injured trio Fernando Torres, Daniel Agger and skipper Steven Gerrard, should be available to face Mark Hughes' ambitious side. Ready to rumble: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to start against Man City despite missing England's friendly against Brazil through injury Benitez said: 'This is a big game, an important game. But then all Liverpool games are important. But this could be described as a make-or-break game for our season. 'We are aware of City's ambitions. They have spent some money on good players and they also have a good manager with experience.  Liverpool v Manchester City: Sportsmail looks back at five classic previous encountersTorres back in training: Liverpool striker could return against Man CityLiverpool boss Benitez insists he will not rush Aquilani's return from injuryLIVERPOOL v Manchester City: Boost for Reds as Glen Johnson, Fabio Aurelio, Yossi Benayoun and Albert Riera returnLIVERPOOL FC


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