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Liverpool field a number of fringe players as they face PSV at the Philips Stadium. Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez rests captain Steven Gerrard, and midfielder Xabi Alonso and goalkeeper Pepe Reina are also on the bench. Javier Mascherano makes a start, while Ryan Babel partners Robbie Keane in attack.
Eleven points after five games
Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt Liverpool had not travelled to Eindhoven and their captain Gerrard starts on the bench, where he will keep Yossi Benayoun, Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina company. Brazilian keeper Diego Cavalieri makes his Champions League debut. Liverpool, who have eleven points after five games, as well as Atlético Madrid have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages. The Spanish team would render PSV a great service if they pulled off a win against Olympique Marseille in France. PSV will progress to the UEA Cup last 32 if they better the result of Eric Gerets' team.
Liverpool line-up:
Cavalieri, Dossena, Agger, Keane, Riera, Arbeloa, Babel, Mascherano, Lucas, Carragher and N'Gog.
Substututes: Reina, Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Benayoun, Spearing, Darby and Kelly.