Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)
Fernando Torres is back in training and could make a surprise comeback for Liverpool against Besiktasat Anfield on Tuesday.
The Spain striker has resumed training after overcoming a thigh strain he suffered when he returned to the team after another injury in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal on 28 October.
“He could be in the squad,” said manager Rafael Benítez. “We are checking how fit he is and he could be OK.”
Liverpool have taken just one point and their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage received a setback when they lost 2-1 at Besiktas a fortnight ago.
“We go into every match thinking about winning but we made a big mistake for the first goal [in Istanbul] and that made a difference,” said Benitez.
“[Now] we play at Anfield and we are favourites because we want to win, we have confidence and we think we have enough quality to win.”
The Spaniard dismissedsuggestions that the loss of revenue would be catastrophic if Liverpool failed to reach the last 16, saying:
“You must think about football first,” he added. “We want to progress. We were in two finals in the last three years … clearly the problem is not the money. It is just to score goals and win.”
Super-sub Peter Crouch may start on Tuesday, with Torres possibly a substitute. Midfielder Xabi Alonso and defender Daniel Agger are definitely out with foot injuries, as is winger Jermaine Pennant who needs leg surgery.
Besiktas were beaten 2-1 at Istanbul rivals Fenerbahçe on Saturday, leaving them fourth in the Turkish Super Lig, four points behind leaders Galatasaray.
Despite that loss, coach Ertugrul Saglam is in positive mood for tonight’s game.
“This is one of the most important games in the group and it may have an effect on who is going to qualify. To get ourselves into a better position for the last two matches, we need to leave here with a good result,” said Saglam.
Midfielder Rodrigo Tello is still out with an ankle injury, while defender Gokhan Zan has a muscle tear in his foot and could be out for a month. Marcio Nobre and ?brahim Ak?n are also missing but Saglam vowed to attack despite the absentees.
“We are playing against a team full of stars but we showed two weeks ago how to win against Liverpool and we are hoping to repeat that,” he added. “You can’t come here and just defend for 90 minutes – we know that. As well as defending, we will also be playing our attacking game,” he said.