Group E Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)
Rafael Benitez has called on his Liverpool side to find the right balance between attack and defence as they travel to Fiorentina looking for a second successive victory in Group E.
The Reds have scored 16 times in their past four Premier League games, but they have been uncharacteristically lax at the back this season, conceding ten goals in their opening seven matches. Benitez would no doubt be delighted with the same 1-0 scoreline his side achieved against Debrecen on Matchday 1.
After losing their first match at Lyon, Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli must now contend with an in-form Fernando Torres, but without his own star striker Alberto Gilardino, who is suspended.
“How can we stop Torres?” asked Prandelli. “With tactical organisation and a bit of luck. Considering what kind of player he is we have to hope he will not have one of his best nights, otherwise he is very difficult to stop.
“We will miss Gilardino and will start with Mutu and Jovetic in attack. It will be different but I hope as efficient. We will not give any point of reference to their defenders as our forwards will move a lot. Liverpool are a great side, with technique and physical strength. They are also very aggressive and it’s difficult to break against them.
“When you face a team like Liverpool you need confidence. We must believe we can do it. I have always liked Benítez as a coach because he always faces problems in the best possible way and he has always respect for his opponents. I think he is a very smart person.
Other than the suspended Gilardino, Prandelli will be without Mario Santana who has a thigh injury and there are doubts about the fitness of Gianluca Comotto.
Benitez, meanwhile, acknowledges that his team need to find a balance between attack and defence.
“We are winning and creating chances, so when you are attacking and attacking, sometimes you have problems in defence,” he said. “We need to find the balance and we will try to improve. We are good enough in attack but can improve in defence and that’s something we will try to manage in the next two or three weeks and try to get more clean sheets.
“I think Fernando is a very good striker and he is scoring goals now. He is on fire. But the Champions League is different to the Premier League, so we will see. He is one of our key players and hopefully he will be one of our key players tomorrow night.
“He is a great striker but when we talk about all these great strikers like Ibrahimovic and Eto’o it depends on the weekend, because one week, one is in form and two weeks later it is someone else. I just think they are all great strikers.”
Liverpool will be without the injured trio of Alberto Aquilani, Daniel Agger and Javier Mascherano.