Date: 25th August 2010 at 11:41am
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St Andrews Ground Birmingham City v Liverpool (1-1) Premier League 04/04/2010 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) celebrates first goal with Fernando Torres Photo Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Liverpool will be without captain Steven Gerrard and striker Fernando Torres for their Europa League second leg tie with Trabzonspor on Thursday.

Gerrard has a back problem while manager Roy Hodgson believes Torres is not ready to play three games in a row.

Joe Cole returns after missing Monday’s Premier League game through suspension but wantaway midfielder Javier Mascherano is left out.

Daniel Agger (concussion) and Maxi Rodriguez (illness) are missing.

I have a really bad feeling about tomorrow night with these players missing and if there is a repeat away performance like that seen at Eastlands on Monday night we will struggle to qualify for the group stages.