Can Liverpool Secure Their Progression To The Knockout Stages?

Apr. 08, 2010 - Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK - epa02109049 Liverpool's Lucas Leiva celebrates during the Europe League quarter final return match between Liverpool FC and S.L. Benfica, at the Anfield stadium, Liverpool, North West England, 08 April 2010.
Can Lucas be as effective as last time?...

It's Europa League time again for Liverpool and an away trip to Steaua Bucharest tomorrow means once completed there will be only one game left in the group stages for the Reds. Still unbeaten in the competition it is fair to say that we are going pretty strong within Europe.

For tomorrow night's fixture though Liverpool are lacking in some valuable experience with the likes of Carragher and Gerrard. Torres however is still available but whether it's worth taking the risk is a different story.

Last time out of course when Steaua came to Anfield, Liverpool managed an impressive 4-1 victory with Lucas and Joe Cole on the score sheet. In realistic terms though you'd have to say that Liverpool will probably come away with a draw here. I can't see us going full steam ahead when we don't need too and i also think Roy will be fielding a lower par side.

Steaua however are no mugs, they have not lost since their trip to Anfield so will surely fancy their chances at home. Steaua are currently second in the group and a win tomorrow will bring them level on the points with us.

Steaua at least have something to play for so it will hopefully make the match more interesting, in a game which i think is destined to be a draw it would still be nice to see perhaps the likes of Ngog or Shelvey on the score sheet.

This is perhaps also a good reason to bring into practice the pairing of Skrtel and Kyrgiakos. They've worked together before of course but it would seem they will be in partnership for a good while to come. With Carragher ruled out for a possible 3months and Agger still nowhere to be seen, these two will need to practice their crafts together.