Anfield Opens Its Doors For The Competitive Season

July 27, 2010 - Liverpool, United Kingdom - epa02262991 New Liverpool player Joe Cole enters the pitch to attend a photocall at the Anfield Road Stadium in Liverpool, north west Britain, 27 July 2010. Cole, along with Danny Wilson and Milan Jovanovic, were unveiled as Liverpool's new signings under newly appointed head coach Roy Hodgson.
Can Joe Cole impress in his first Anfield appearance?...

Liverpool play their first match of the season at Anfield tonight as they look to secure a place in the next round of the Europa League after this 2nd leg against Macedonian side Rabotnicki.

After the superb news earlier in the week that star striker and adopted Spaniard Fernando Torres will remain at the club, unfortunately the number 9 will not be featuring tonight due to his very late on injury he picked up in Spain's win in the world cup final.

Other players who probably won't be utilised include misfit Philip Degen who has been told he can find a new club and out of place Javier Mascherano who has told Hodgson he wishes to leave the club. Despite this Hodgson remains adamant that he is treating the midfielder still as a Liverpool player so you never know, we may just see the Argentine.

With Pepe Reina, Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel recently back in training after their extended breaks we could probably see all three of those players within the 90minutes.

Hodgson has been keen to give some of the youngsters more of a chance too in these games so the likes of Kelly and Amoo may also get another chance to shine.

The first leg ended in a 2-0 victory for the Reds where young Frenchman David Ngog netted twice and seemed filled with confidence. Should he start tonight he will definitely fancy adding himself to the score sheet.

New signing Joe Cole and Steven Gerrard will also be good to keep an eye on should they start, despite a disappointing result against Borussia Moencengladbach the two England internationals linked up very well together and portrayed some exciting play.

I expect this to be another win for the lads tonight, don't expect it to be a huge margin but a comfortable progression to the next stage of the competition.

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