Lyon v Liverpool live!

04 November 2009 06:48
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} 28 Oh wow, what a chance for Liverpool and it's gone begging! Voronin is clean through on goal but in a one-on-one he can't beat Lloris who makes the save. He should have scored but it remains 0-0.

27 Free kick to Lyon on the right and a chance to get the ball in the box. Some of the big men are going forward. However, the free kick is poor and Lucas is able to head away.

26 Voronin's control lets him down and Liverpool's attack loses momentum. The ball ends up back with Reina in the end.

25 A bit of a quiet spell this, at least on the pitch. The Lyon fans are making a right racket!

23 Lisandro goes down like he's been pole-axed but Torres hardly touched him. The ref, Belgium's Frank de Bleeckere, gives a free kick anyway.

22 Midway through the half and Liverpool have hit back after Lyon's better start. It remains goalless though.

21 Cissokho can't keep the ball in play down the left as Lyon threaten to create something good. Throw to Liverpool.

20 Carragher gets to the byline but just runs the ball out of play before he can win a corner. Goal kick it is.

19 Lamine Gassama comes on for the injured Anthony Reveillere. He'll go to right-back - can Insua, who has started well, or Benayoun profit?

18 From the resultant corner, Benayoun flicks a header wide of goal. Good stuff from Liverpool - there best spell so far.

17 Great save from Lloris keeps things level. Again Insua causes problems down the left. His centre creates a chance. Benayoun and Kuyt almost get in each other's way but the latter manages to hit a good shot which is tipped over by the Lyon keeper.

16 Bafetimbi Gomis hits a shot from 25 yards but again it's straight at Reina.

15 News from the other match in this group and Fiorentina lead Debreceni 1-0. That's not good news for Liverpool. Meanwhile, in this game Aly Cissokho's cross from the left is dangerous but Liverpool, aided by Agger's presence, manage to clear.

14 Bastos is caught offside as Lyon push forward.

13 Torres looks like he felt he should have done better there but he did well to hit a good shot so well on the turn. A yard either side of the keeper and it would have been 1-0.

12 Torres almost scores. Insua sends in a low ball from the left and Torres hits a shot on the spin from 14 yards but it's too near the keeper who parries away.

10 Jean Makoun lets fly from all of 40 yards but that effort is well over Reina's crossbar.

9 Kallstrom sends a good long ball out wide to Bastos. However, he can't control first time. When he does manage to cross, Kyrgiakos is there to head clear. Bastos needed to control that early and then he would have had a good chance.

8 Lyon have made the better start - certainly the ball has been in Liverpool's half more - but they are yet to really test Reina.

7 A crucial challenge from Kyrgiakos stops Pjanic as he threatens to get a run in on goal. Good tackle from the Greek.

6 Miralem Pjanic appears to go for the near post from the tight angle but Lucas is in the way to hack clear. A bit of a waste that from Lyon's point of view.

5 Carragher concedes a free kick on the left about 16 yards from the goalline - dangerous position.

4 Dirk Kuyt sends in a cross from the right but Cris beats Torres in the air to nod away.

3 Michel Bastos has the first shot on the match from around 30 yards out but Jose Reina makes a confident stop. In truth it was too close to the Spaniard.

2 The first Lyon attacks comes to nothing as Agger twice cuts out attempted passes forward.

1 Carragher is in the right-back slot in the early stages. Torres gets an early touch but Emiliano Insua loses possession in the first attack.

Kick-off: Liverpool, in white tonight, get us under way. Remember Liverpool must win this game to keep qualification in their own hands. Any other result leaves them relying on other results, but at least they cannot be eliminated tonight, whatever the score. Lyon, who have won three out of three so far in the group, will qualify tonight if they win. It may be only November but this is a massive game in Liverpool's season.

As the teams come out onto the pitch at Stade Gerland, we'll finish the pre-match talk with this positive comment from Simon Thompson: "The Reds are the exception to the rule - they will concede early, then strike back and be bitter about it, grinding out four mercilessly. Lyon supporters will exit early. I'm predicting a great night - even as a I sit and study for a law exam tomorrow." It's worth remembering Liverpool were in deeper trouble than this in the Champions League group stages a couple of years ago and won the last three games. A repeat will see them through this time around.

An Everton fan has infiltrated tonight's clockwatch! Keith, in Seattle, emails to say: "As an Everton fan, I kinda hope the Reds win so as to keep them out of the Europa League, but I don't think they're good enough to win tonight." But Mat Wakenshaw, in Lincoln, is in bullish mood. "Lyon are in for a beating tonight I'm afraid - Liverpool to win tonight, 4-1." Now that's confidence. No-one else has mailed to give me such a prediction, I'll tell you that!

Team news: I'm sure plenty of people are logging on around now, so just a reminder that Torres starts for Liverpool. He's up front with Voronin. We're expecting Carragher to play right-back with Kyrgiakos and Agger in the middle of the defence. Aquilani is on the bench. Full team details can be found below.

Support at last for Voronin! Mahesh Chandra in Texas - that's Tom Hicks territory isn't it? - says: "I for one have faith in Voronin, he is showing signs of improvement with every game and is going forward and tracking back better than Babel, so obviously started ahead of him. Now all we (the fans) need to do is trust Rafa tonight. I can't see how much more blame he can take when more than half of the first team players are injury stricken. What's done is done so far this season, we can't change it. We need to start from tonight and look forward to a better season - come on you red men!" Jon, in Barry, agrees: "I'm not a fan of Voronin but I have a strange feeling he might prove us wrong tonight, fingers crossed!"

News from the bookmakers and Sky Bet make Lyon 11/8 favourites for this game - in from 13/8 following support from punters. If you fancy a Liverpool win, they can be backed at 15/8. the draw is on offer at 12/5. In the first scorer market, Torres is 11/2 but Lyon dangerman Lisandro Lopez is the favourite at 5/1.

If you missed the Liverpool team news, the main line is that Fernando Torres starts. The full details can be found be scrolling down the page. More feedback is in and it seems plenty of you are aghast at Voronin's inclusion, including Sarah in Kilmarnock. The other one to get your goat is that Aquilani isn't starting - David Harlley in Canada and Ethan Howard in Leicester both mention this. Personally I'd have thought it wold be asking a lot for someone to make their first start after such an injury in this company and in such a crucial game.

Lyon team in full: Lloris, Revelliere, Cris, Toulalan, Cissokho, Pjanic, Makoun, Kallstrom, Gomis, Lisandro, Bastos. Subs: Vercoutre, Ederson, Govou, Delgado, Tafer, Gassama, Gonalons.

Team news: Lyon's team is in now and Jeremy Toulalan will be partnered at the back tonight by Cris with Jean Alain Boumsong, the former Newcastle man, injured. Keeper Hugo Lloris is fit again, while Swedish international Kim Kallstrom returns to the starting XI.

Here's some of your early views. Deanz Ali says: "Carragher is superb, I hope he has the legs for right back. Voronin? I can't remember the last time he did something useful with a red shirt on. Should play Benayoun behind Torres and Babel on the left or even Ngog up top." Jon, from Penycoedcae, agrees. "Voronin!?!? Surely, if Babel can't get a game ahead of Voronin, then his days as a red are numbered. And, I'm sure an unfit Ngog will get a game before he does, too! I say give Babel a crack against a team void of its first-choice defenders and if he doesn't perform send him back to Holland in exchange for a pair of clogs!" Shannon, in New Zealand, wins the contest for email furthest from the UK: "Not surprised with the team selection - it is the best possible line-up we can field at the moment, due to our injuries. Not sure how much of the game Torres will play if the speculation is correct. and really hope to see what Aquilani can bring to the team if he features tonight. It's a huge game, and some fringe players will have to perform well if we are to come up with the goods. We need to keep our Champions League dream alive!"

So Liverpool fans, what do you think of the line-up tonight? Let me know your thoughts of Rafa's selection: Remember Liverpool need to win this evening to keep qualification in their own hands. Any other result and they will be relying on other sides slipping up to reach the knockout stages.

Liverpool team in full: Reina, Carragher, Agger, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Kuyt, Lucas, Mascherano, Benayoun, Voronin, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Babel, Ngog, Spearing, Darby, Ayala.

Team news: The big news for Liverpool fans is that Fernando Torres starts. At the back, it looks like Jamie Carragher, sent off at the weekend, will play at right-back with Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Daniel Agger forming a central partnership. New signing Alberto Aquilani is on the bench.

Source: SKY_Sports