Duo absent for Reds


Rafa Benitez will be without both midfielder Alberto Aquilani and youngster Martin Kelly for the clash at Birmingham on Sunday.

Aquilani is still suffering with an ankle problem that could see him miss the remainder of the campaign and Kelly has a knee injury which will see him marked on the absent list.

Defenders Fabio Aurelio and Martin Skrtel are both likely to miss out with their respective injuries but Maxi Rodriguez returns to the squad after being cup tied on Thursday and Benitez will check his players to see if anyone picked up a knock in the defeat to Benfica.

To keep Champions League hopes alive the Reds must do what they have not managed before and that is to beat Birmingham in the Premier League.