Besiktas v Liverpool preview

Mario Balotelli scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in the corresponding fixture at Anfield but was criticised by his captain Steven Gerrard as team orders meant Jordan Henderson should have taken the kick.??

Rodgers??? men backed up that victory with a 2-0 victory over Southampton last Sunday, which continued their run of just one defeat in their last 18 matches in all competitions.

This game starts a hectic period for Liverpool, who take on Manchester City on Super Sunday at 12pm before another crucial Premier League fixture against Burnley next Wednesday as they continue their charge towards the top four.??

Liverpool???s visit to the Atat??rk Olimpiyat Stadium will bring back special memories for all concerned with the club as it???s the setting where they beat AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League final in 2005.

Beskitas, who are playing at the Olympic Stadium while their own ground overlooking the Bosphorus is rebuilt,??were knocked off top spot in the Turkish Super Lig at the weekend, suffering a surprising 1-0 defeat against Eskisehirspor while Galatasaray beat Sivasspor 3-2 to leapfrog their title rivals.

Henderson and Phillipe Coutinho have not travelled to Turkey – Henderson has been ruled out with a minor ankle injury but should be fit to face Manchester City while Coutinho has been rested.

Lazar Markovic serves the second game of his four-match European suspension.

Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic will be without Ersan Gulum and Ramon, who are both suspended, while Tolga Zengin, Ismail Koybasi, Cenk Tosun, Alexander Milosevic and Gokhan Tore??are also missing through injury.??

Former Premier League striker Demba Ba, who has scored 13 league goals this season, missed the weekend defeat due to a calf injury and he???s also a major doubt.

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