No Gerrard or Torres for Reds

LIVERPOOL are without key trio Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano for tonight’s tricky trip to Trabzonspor.

Captain Gerrard has a back injury and Torres is rested as a precaution, while Mascherano remains omitted amid speculation about a move to Barcelona.

“It’s going to be a very tough ask for the players in a difficult place,” said Hodgson, whose side hold a 1-0 lead from the play-off first leg. “They’re a hostile and fanatic crowd and it’s a difficult pitch. But if we come through it we’ll come through it stronger.”