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Nic Ladds 10th Mar 2009 - 14:00

No second leg - for Liverpool's injured Benayoun

Rafael Benitez' Liverpool receive a visit from Real Madrid this evening at this second round of the knockout stage. A place in the quarter-finals is the prize... but the 1st leg goal hero Yossi Benayoun is out.

Liverpool had to wait until the 82nd minute at the Bernabeu before the Israeli, who won't take part in the second leg after injuring a hamstring during training, silenced the Madridistas giving the Reds the valuable away goal.

Benitez will also hold back on his decision as to what part hit-man Fernando Torres is to play in what may be Liverpool‘s only shout at silverware this season.

The Spanish forward, who took part in a light training session yesterday, will have to wait until the last minute to see if he will get the opportunity to strike on the big stage - the late substitution a possibility if Liverpool, 11/10 to beat Madrid, need an injection of pace towards the final quarter.

Torres can be backed at 9/2 to score the last goal of the game in our selection of goalscorer markets, where you can also find Champions League Madrid legend Raul - 64 goals in this competition - priced at 2/1 to strike at any point in the 90 minutes at Anfield.

The victor of the tie gets a place in the Champions League quarter-final, a feat the Spanish side who are priced at 21/10 for an Anfield victory, haven't achieved since the 2004 campaign.

Liverpool have a great Anfield record in this competition & go into tonight's match without a defeat in eight home Champions League matches.

A low scoring, tightly defended performance is likely from both, but particularly Liverpool who have a valuable upper hand. A determined Real sure to produce attacking play from the outset in order to equal the deficit at the earliest opportunity.

It's always exciting when the Spanish come to town and hopefully we'll see some of the pace & style which was lacking in first leg as an optimistic Juande shows Rafa how it's done!

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