Group E – Kick-off 19:45 (BST)
Rafael Benitez is optimistic things will go Liverpool’s way as they travel to Hungary to take on Debrecen needing both a win and Lyon to avoid defeat against Fiorentina to maintain their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
“It will be difficult to qualify because we’re depending on other teams, but we must do our job and if we can play against Fiorentina with options then it would fantastic,” said Benitez. “For us it is simple: we must go out and win. Debrecen can score goals but we know we can do well in defence and score goals so we must do that.
“Lyon will try to win to be first in the group and keep their confidence up. They are good professionals and they will try to win because if they finish top it is good news and more money. I have confidence that they will do it.
“It was amazing when we qualified [in 2007/08] and it would be again now; last time we had to win three games and we did it in style so this time it could be more or less the same.”
Liverpool will be without Fernando Torres, Albert Riera and Ryan Babel, although Benitez is hopeful that Glen Johnson will recover from a calf injury.
Debrecen coach Andras Herczeg says this year’s competition has turned out to be a steep learning curve for his players.
“We’ve tried to give our best in the Champions League but so far it hasn’t been enough to get any points,” he said. “We know Liverpool must win, and also know football typically produces David and Goliath-type stories. If we get a result on Wednesday, it would be the biggest result in our club’s history, but my players will have to play at 120 per cent to have any chance of achieving this.
“We’ve learned a lot from our performances in this competition and are still learning. We know we can’t lose the ball without facing the consequences and, unlike in the Hungarian league, we can’t leave our defensive line open.
“The three other teams in our group are giants of European football so I can’t say which are the best two – the group table will decide that.”