Liverpool v Birmingham preview

Liverpool will make late checks will be made on the fitness of

Jamie Carragher and Andy Carroll. Carragher, captaining the side in

the absence of Steven Gerrard, was knocked unconscious in a clash

of heads with young full-back John Flanagan during Sunday’s draw at

Arsenal. Carroll jarred a knee against the Gunners and was taken

off as a precaution, but left-back Fabio Aurelio is unlikely to

feature this weekend after sustaining a thigh problem at the

Emirates Stadium. Birmingham will be boosted by the return from

injury of central defender Martin Jiranek. The Czech Republic

international has missed the last three games with a groin injury

and abdominal complaint. But he has returned to training and Blues

manager Alex McLeish has confirmed he will be part of the squad to

travel to Anfield. Jiranek had formed an effective partnership with

Roger Johnson after the loss of Scott Dann for the second half of

the campaign with a hamstring injury. Strikers Nikola Zigic (groin)

and Obafemi Martins (leg) are again ruled out. Liverpool (from):

Reina, Flanagan, Skrtel, Carragher, Robinson, Lucas, Spearing,

Kuyt, Meireles, Carroll, Suarez, Gulacsi, Kyrgiakos, Wilson,

Shelvey, Poulsen, Rodriguez, Cole, Ngog. Birmingham (from): Foster,

Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell, Parnaby, Larsson, Gardner,

Ferguson, Bowyer, Jerome, Phillips, Doyle, Hleb, Fahey, Derbyshire,

Mutch, Davies, Bentley, Beausejour.