Liverpool v Birmingham preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash between Liverpool and Birmingham at Anfield.

Last Updated: 22/04/11 at 11:36   

Carroll: Late fitness test

Carroll: Late fitness test

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.

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Premier League Fixtures

Wednesday, 16 April 2014
19:45
Everton v C Palace
Man City v Sunderland
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham  
15:00
A Villa v Southampton  
Cardiff v Stoke City  
Newcastle v Swansea  
West Ham v C Palace  
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland  
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool  
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 32 54 70
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 33 22 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 West Ham 34 -9 37
12 C Palace 33 -15 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 32 -25 25

Updated Tue, 15 Apr 2014

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