Borini starts, Carragher skippers Liverpool v FC Gomel: Live

(Sporting Alert) – New summer signing Fabio Borini will make his first competitive appearance for Liverpool when the Barclays Premier League side take on FC Gomel in a Europa League qualifier on Thursday night.

Listen Liverpool v FC Gomel: Live

The Italian forward Borini had been tipped to start , with Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez not in the side, and manager Brendon Rodgers handed him a place in his side for the first leg clash.

Also starting for Liverpool are England captain Steven Gerrard and the experienced defender Jamie Carragher.

Carragher, who was praised heavily by his manager prior to the build up of the game, was given the captain’s armband for the night as he makes his 700th appearance for Liverpool.

Gerrard, the regular team skipper will continue in that role at the end of this game, but Carragher was handed the role of leading of his teammates to mark his special occasion.

Meanwhile, fullback Glen Johnson makes his 100th appearance for the side, with Joe Cole, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson also starting.

Liverpool Team: Jones, Johnson, Enrique, Carragher, Skrtel, Henderson, Spearing, Gerrard, Downing, Cole, Borini. Subs: Gulacsi, Lucas, Adam, Shelvey, Kelly, Robinson, Sterling.

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