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Suarez should start against the Italians...
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It's an early kick off for Liverpool on Thursday evening as they prepare to face Italian's Udinese. The Reds need a win to secure their progression through to the knockout stages of the Europa League but a draw may be ok if Anzhi draw with Young Boys, if Liverpool lose, they are out.

Left at home are Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger and Lucas Leiva which causes some concern for me but the positive for Liverpool is that due to Luis Suarez being suspended from the weekend tie with West Ham, he can play for the full 90 minutes against Udinese. Udinese themselves have no fresh injury worries and Pinzi is also back for them.

Udinese are unable to make it through to the knockout stages and so some would feel they may use this game as a run out for their fringe players but even so, the Italian's will not want to lose at home to a side like Liverpool, pride is very much at stake.

Despite not travelling with the squad Daniel Agger has been speaking out about the team this week saying "It’s difficult to compare two seasons but the feel when I’m on the pitch is that we are creating more chances." I have to agree with Daniel Agger in some senses because we certainly have been dangerous in front of several opposition this year but it all boils back down to that age old problem of scoring goals and improving our finishing.

Some fans brush off the Europa League like it's a nothing competition and whilst it doesn't have the glamour of the Champions League I still would like us to continue to progress through. I enjoy watching us play obscure opposition in all honesty and after all, a trophy is a trophy.

Di Natale will be one to watch on Thursday night, the veteran is still very capable of grabbing a goal for his side and his experience allows him to outwit the defence. For me though as long as Liverpool keep their heads it's a task that's doable and hopefully the Reds and Brendan can notch up a win and walk away wondering who lies ahead for them next in Europe.

Enjoy the match folks!

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