Thursday 26 November 2015

Liverpool will secure their place in the last-32 of the Europa League with a win over Bordeaux at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently second in Group B on six points, and a win over the Ligue 1 side, who are third on three points, would see them play FC Sion for top spot in Switzerland on December 10.

After drawing their first game of the group stage in the south of France, the Reds followed that with a draw against FC Sion and four-points from two matches against Rubin Kazan, including an impressive 1-0 win in Russia last time out.

The Premier League side enter this match high on confidence after beating Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad on Saturday.

However, Klopp will be wary that his side have drawn both their home matches in Europe and that Crystal Palace defeated them 3-1 in their last match at Anfield.

Bordeaux, who need at least a point to keep their hopes of qualifying alive, have yet to win in the competition and are winless in their last 11 away matches.

In Ligue 1, Willy Sagnol’s side sit 13th after winning just four of their opening 14 outings.

Team News:

Daniel Sturridge could play his first game since Klopp succeeded Brendan Rodgers.

The striker has made only three appearances in all competitions this season due to injury but was an unused substitute at Manchester City.

Fellow striker Christian Benteke could also start at Anfield, having come off the bench in the win at the Etihad.

However, Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho will not feature after he was ruled out with a hamstring problem, while Martin Skrtel is ill and is unlikely to be involved.

Meanwhile, Bordeaux bring a depleted squad with them to Merseyside.

Defenders Nicolas Pallois and Pablo, midfielder Gregory Sertic and striker Thomas Toure have all been left in France having picked up injuries.

Tunisia international Wahbi Khazri is suspended after he was sent off against FC Sion last time out, but Senegalese defender Lamine Sane returns after injury.

Group Position: Liverpool – 2nd (6 pts); Bordeaux – 3rd (3 pts)
Last Meeting: Bordeaux 1-1 Liverpool, September 17, 2015
Key Men: Liverpool – Christian Benteke; Bordeaux – Diego Contento
Form (all competitions): Liverpool – DWWWLW; Bordeaux – LWLDWD
Shoot Says: Liverpool 3-1 Bordeaux

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