Luis Suárez is in line for his first European away appearance for Liverpool on Thursday having given Brendan Rodgers the chance to strengthen his attack against Udinese.
Liverpool must win their final Europa League group game to guarantee a place in the knock-out phase and their prospects have been inadvertently assisted by Suárez's yellow card in Saturday's 1-0 defeat of Southampton. The Uruguay international misses the league trip to West Ham United on Sunday as a consequence of his fifth booking of the season and, though it leaves Rodgers without a senior striker at Upton Park, it has allowed the Liverpool manager to include the forward in his plans for Italy.
The 25-year-old has made five appearances in the Europa League this season – two as a substitute plus starts against FC Gomel in the third qualifying round, Hearts in the play-offs and Anzhi Makhachkala in the group stage – but all have come at Anfield. The policy of resting Suárez on European away days is not required this week.
Rodgers confirmed: "The suspension means he will more than likely start now against Udinese. We will be strong when we get over there."
The Liverpool striker is expected to be accompanied by Steven Gerrard, with the captain anxious to be involved in the tie.
Victory over Udinese, who are bottom of Group A and out of the competition following three consecutive defeats, would secure Liverpool's place in the last 32 of the Europa League. Rodgers's team would also progress with a draw providing Young Boys also draw with Anzhi in Berne. Should both Liverpool and Young Boys lose, however, the Swiss club would advance at Liverpool's expense.
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