Having been in charge of the Benfica team that last year knocked the then holders out of the competition, Ronald Koeman will once again hope to ensure Liverpool’s Champions League downfall.
“Liverpool were hard to beat last year, and will be the same again this time round,” said Koeman.
“They have given themselves more options in a number of positions, but they still have Rafael Benítez as coach, and I don’t think there will be a great deal of difference about the way they play.”
PSV will be without veteran midfielder Phillip Cocu through suspension, and Koeman admits “he will certainly be missed…He takes the initiative during a game and has tremendous insight.”
However, better news comes with the return from injury of Brazilian defender Alex.
The main decision for Koeman comes with the recent signing Patrick Kluivert.
“He’s not 100 per cent fit yet, but I will speak with him before the game and decide whether he is ready for a place on the bench,” said Koeman.
New Liverpool signing Dirk Kuyt is hoping to start tonight as Liverpool look to put a 3-0 loss to local rivals Everton behind them.
“It would be great to make my Champions League debut in my home country,” he said.
“As a team we are also keen to make up for Saturday’s defeat – it’s not funny to lose a derby.”
Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez will be looking for a significant improvement from a defence that has conceded goals in their last eleven matches.
“We need to improve and stop making so many mistakes,” he said.
“But we are confident because we have very good players.”
Heurelho Gomes; Jan Kromkamp, Alex, Eric Addo, Carlos Salcido; Timmy Simons, Edison Méndez, Ibrahim Afellay, Jason Culina; Arouna Koné, Jefferson Farfán.
Pepe Reina; Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypiä, Jamie Carragher, Fabio Aurelio; Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Mohamed Sissoko, Luis García; Peter Crouch, Dirk Kuijt.