Gerrard and Torres out of Liverpool Euro crunch
Published 09:30 25/08/10 By David Anderson
Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano were all missing from Liverpool's squad to face Trabzonspor when the team jetted out today.
Mascherano's absence was expected after his no-show at Eastlands and he is edging closer to his move to Barcelona.
Gerrard and Torres were more of a surprise and the Reds skipper has a back niggle and the Spaniard has been rested.
Boss Roy Hodgson is prioritising the league over Europe and his focus is on Sunday's clash with West Brom at Anfield.
Hodgson is still taking a risk and his team take a slender 1-0 lead into tomorrow's return leg.
Liverpool lost here on their last visit in 1976 and another defeat could see Hodgson going down in Reds' history as the first Liverpool manager to exit Europe in August.