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Ricky van Wolfswinkel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.
Effort from the edge of the box by Jacob Mulenga goes wide of the left-hand post.
Rodriguez Maxi produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar. (FC Utrecht) makes a substitution, with Gianluca Nijholt coming on for Jacob Lensky.
Michael Silberbauer takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save. Jacob Lensky fouled by Fernando Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Cole leaves the field to be replaced by Rodriguez Maxi. Direct free kick taken by Michel Vorm.
Dries Mertens takes a outswinging corner.
The ball is sent over by Jacob Mulenga, save made by Jose Reina.
Long range shot by Dries Mertens goes wide right of the goal.
Jamie Carragher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Direct free kick taken by Jan Wuytens.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alje Schut on Fernando Torres. Christian Poulsen restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Silberbauer has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Silberbauer. Direct free kick taken by Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Barry Maguire comes on in place of Edouard Duplan.
Unfair challenge on Martin Kelly by Jacob Mulenga results in a free kick. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Kelly by Jacob Mulenga. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Tim Cornelisse fouled by Joe Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michel Vorm.
Foul by Alje Schut on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Raul Meireles. Martin Skrtel is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Michel Vorm.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alje Schut on Fernando Torres. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Raul Meireles. The official flags Dirk Kuyt offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michel Vorm.
Dries Mertens crosses the ball, Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Jan Wuytens. Joe Cole takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jacob Mulenga by Martin Kelly results in a free kick. Martin Kelly goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. The ball is sent over by Dries Mertens, Shot from deep inside the area by Alje Schut clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Kelly by Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Free kick taken by Christian Poulsen.
Outswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles from the right by-line played to the near post, Michael Silberbauer manages to make a clearance.
Dries Mertens challenges Dirk Kuyt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Raul Meireles restarts play with the free kick.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm. Martin Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jacob Mulenga. Direct free kick taken by Tim Cornelisse.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dries Mertens from the left by-line, Jacob Mulenga takes a shot. Clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Dries Mertens, Michael Silberbauer takes a shot. Raul Meireles manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dries Mertens by Raul Meireles. Raul Meireles is shown a yellow card. Free kick crossed right-footed by Dries Mertens from left wing, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
The official flags Jacob Mulenga offside. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
Michael Silberbauer concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas. Direct free kick taken by Christian Poulsen.
The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson. Shot on goal by Fernando Torres from just inside the area goes over the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dries Mertens by Glen Johnson. Dries Mertens takes the free kick.
Martin Kelly challenges Ricky van Wolfswinkel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Silberbauer takes the free kick.
Martin Kelly sends in a cross, save by Michel Vorm.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a comfortable save.
Dries Mertens takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save. Dries Mertens takes the outswinging corner, Header from close range by Tim Cornelisse misses to the right of the goal.
Corner taken by Dries Mertens, clearance made by Leiva Lucas.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Edouard Duplan. Leiva Lucas goes into the book. Tim Cornelisse restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Edouard Duplan by Christian Poulsen. Direct free kick taken by Michael Silberbauer.
Fernando Torres produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Raul Meireles fouled by Mihai Nesu, the ref awards a free kick. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Tim Cornelisse, Jose Reina makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Mihai Nesu.
Corner taken by Dries Mertens from the right by-line, Jacob Mulenga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Jacob Mulenga crosses the ball, clearance by Glen Johnson.
Glen Johnson crosses the ball, Raul Meireles takes a shot. Comfortable save by Michel Vorm.
Glen Johnson crosses the ball.
Dries Mertens produces a cross, Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.
Edouard Duplan fouled by Christian Poulsen, the ref awards a free kick. Dries Mertens delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Glen Johnson makes a clearance.
Christian Poulsen concedes a free kick for a foul on Jacob Mulenga. Free kick taken by Tim Cornelisse.
The ball is sent over by Christian Poulsen, save by Michel Vorm.
Jacob Mulenga produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
Joe Cole produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
Shot from outside the box by Leiva Lucas misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Poulsen on Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Michael Silberbauer takes the free kick.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. Comfortable save by Michel Vorm.
Glen Johnson delivers the ball.
Effort from the edge of the box by Edouard Duplan goes wide of the left-hand post.
The referee gets the game started.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
The game restarts for the second half.
The first half comes to an end.
Coach aware of Liverpool threat
FC Utrecht coach Ton du Chatinier admits Liverpool pose far more difficult Europa League opposition than the Celtic team disposed of earlier in the competition.
But the Dutchman, with a little help from the other half of the Old Firm, hopes his side will draw inspiration from playing the five-time European champions.
Utrecht dispatched Celtic 4-0 on home turf in their Europa League play-off, having been 2-0 down from the first leg at Parkhead.
Liverpool may currently be struggling in the Barclays Premier League but they have not lost to Dutch opposition since their first encounter in 1966 when Ajax won 5-0 in Amsterdam.
Du Chatinier knows the Group K encounter will be tough, especially as counterpart Roy Hodgson has brought almost a full-strength squad.
As a result they have explored every avenue available to them in their preparations, including assistant manager Jan Wouters calling in a favour from his former Rangers boss and current Birmingham manager Alex McLeish.
"Liverpool are a better team than Celtic, with all respect," said the Utrecht boss.
"We have asked people in England and Jan has spoken to Alex McLeish.
"We've watched Liverpool's home game against Steaua Bucharest (a 4-1 win) and the match at Manchester United (a 3-2 defeat)."
Du Chatinier's squad will watch the second half - undoubtedly the better 45 minutes as they fought back from 2-0 down - of Liverpool's defeat at Old Trafford again tonight.
But the squad have an air of confidence as they are unbeaten at the Stadion Galgenwaard in four European games, having not conceded in the last three.
And the manager does not expect to have to motivate his players.
"There's no need to show my players pictures of Rambo (the Sylvester Stallone character who is an expert in one-man warfare)," added Du Chatinier.
"The motivation of playing Liverpool will be enough.
"I am anxious to know what my team will do but that is normal, I'm not afraid."
Ghanian midfielder Nana Asare will miss the game through injury but striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who has scored six times in seven Europa League matches, will play.
Liverpool manager Hodgson will not guarantee striker Fernando Torres a starting place but admits his presence in the squad is something of an insurance policy.
The Spain international has not featured in Europe this season - sitting out the four qualifying matches and one Group K encounter - but travelled to Holland with a virtually-full strength squad.
Only Steven Gerrard, who is being rested, and Daniel Agger, who has had an MRI scan on a groin problem which has not responded to treatment, missed the trip.
But Hodgson said it should not be assumed Torres would automatically take his place up front but revealed he had learned a harsh lesson after the Carling Cup exit to League Two side Northampton.
A week ago the Reds boss gave his first-choice side the night off but then saw a second-string lose on penalties.
Hodgson admitted that, in hindsight, it would have been worth having some quality players in reserve - hence the presence of Torres and most of the first team.
"The mere fact he is here does not mean he will be in the starting XI," said the 62-year-old.
"When you are playing against Northampton and it is 1-1 and you are not playing very well you are desperate to change the game.
"You look around you and realise you have given all the quality players time off to prepare for the game on Saturday and you would like desperately to bring on maybe one of those players - that is one of the things that has affected my thinking."
Reds survive with stalemate
Liverpool escaped with a goalless draw in their Europa League Group K clash in Utrecht after another disjointed and disappointing performance.
A point in the Stadion Galgenwaard, where the hosts had won their previous six matches, was no disgrace but it was hardly one of those classic, gritty away performances in Europe.
Roy Hodgson's side, who had five successive Europa League victories prior to this game, were dominated for long periods and their clean sheet owed much to goalkeeper Jose Reina and a goalline clearance from Raul Meireles.
Liverpool have now gone four matches without a victory in all competitions and Hodgson's blueprint for reinvigorating the team after Rafael Benitez's departure in the summer still looks very much like a work in progress.
Without their captain Steven Gerrard, left behind to rest on Merseyside, the side looked devoid of ideas and even the presence of Fernando Torres for his first Europa League start of the campaign did not help.
The only real positive to come out of the game was that the five-time European champions and winners of this competition on a record-equalling three occasions, extended their impressive statistics against Dutch clubs.
Since losing their first encounter against Ajax in 1966 they have now not been beaten in 12 matches against teams from the Netherlands.
But that run came close to being ended on a number of occasions as Utrecht were the better side from the off.
In only the fifth minute the prolific Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, scorer of 13 goals in 14 games this season, was given half a chance when Christian Poulsen gave away possession but the 21-year-old striker could only divert Dries Mertens' left-wing cross wide of the far post.
Liverpool fashioned three or four openings - none of which could be described in any way as good - with Meireles both shooting and heading at goalkeeper Michel Vorm either side of off-target efforts from Lucas Leiva and Joe Cole.
Torres also curled a shot wide after turning and shooting from the edge of the area.
But the best first-half chances fell to Utrecht with Jan Wuytens' volley only ruled out for Jacob Mulenga's foul on Martin Kelly, makeshift left-back in the absence of the injured trio of Paul Konchesky, Daniel Agger and Fabio Aurelio.
And had it not been for Reina saving well at close range from Mertens after Dirk Kuyt, returning to his former club, was slow to react to a loose ball in the penalty area from a corner Liverpool would have been behind at half-time.
Torres had been quiet all night and, early in the second half, when the ball did drop to him in the penalty area from Glen Johnson's cross he hacked wildly at it with his weaker left foot and ballooned a shot over.
But Liverpool were soon on the back foot again with Reina diving at the feet of Wolfswinkel to stop Mulenga's low cross while Meireles cleared off the line from Michael Silverbauer's header when his goalkeeper came for Mertens' corner but missed.
Typically, considering his fortunes this season, Torres' one chance came in the 57th minute but he was denied by a great reaction save from Vorm when Kuyt picked him out with a low, near-post cross.
To compound the Spaniard's frustration referee Duarte Gomes awarded a goal-kick.
He was almost gifted another opportunity moments later when Mihai Nesu left his back-pass short but the striker's first touch took the ball out of play as he attempted to round Vorm.
As the match entered its closing stages it was Utrecht who looked the most likely scorers.
Maxi Rodriguez's first touch after replacing Cole with eight minutes to go saw him attempt an ambitious overhead kick which failed to hit the target.
Liverpool were happy with the draw but Mulenga should have snatched victory only to drive wide of Reina's left-hand post with only the goalkeeper to beat.
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