Jordan Henderson's goal was enough to give Liverpool the win over Udinese and put them into the next round
Mission accomplished for Liverpool, who deservedly took the lead in the first half and defended well in the second before Pasquale was sent off to facilitate their passage to the next round. As for you, why not take the passage to the next match, which is Spurs v Panathinaikos in just a couple of minutes on this very site.
Liverpool are almost knocked out with the last kick of the game, the freshly-introduced Di Natale thwacking just over after a lovely one-two!
Suarez slaloms into the box and wins a corner, Danilo tipping it out of play before the Uruguayan could cut the ball back to Henderson, who had made another good run.
Rodgers refuses to give the ball to a Udinese player after it goes out for a Liverpool throw, which seems fair enough. Words are exchanged and the manager even throws in a gentle shove. That's the spirit!
Liverpool managing proceedings well now that Udinese have been de-Pasqualised ...
Now Carragher sees yellow for a late hack. Freekick to Udinese from about 30 yards, almost exactly central. Armero blasts it into the wall and Liverpool raid forward on a counter-attack ...
Pasquale clumps into Sterling after the youngster rolled him nicely. That's a second yellow card and an early shower for the defender. Badu protests and gets a booking too.
Allen gives the ball away, not for the first time on a night in which he has been uncharacteristically sloppy. Liverpool quickly file back towards their box before Enrieu performs an acrobatic clearance.
Solid defending by Skrtel, who's leading Liverpool resistance against a Udinese resurgence.
Liverpool change: Suso off, Sterling on.
Another good save by Padelli, who seems a man on a mission to prove his former employers wrong about him. This time it was Suarez who was denied after good work by Downing.
Pasquale scythes down Suso from behind, inviting the ref to book him. Appointed kept.
Another top save by Padelli, who turns over a good effort Henderson, who had surged from deep to meet an Enrique cross on the volley.
Benatia is down and disgruntled. He collapsed with no one near him, seemingly due to a problem with his heavily-bandaged knee. He gets back up only to limp off.
Armero scurries down the left past Enrique and then delivers a decent cross. Smart intervention by Skrtel, at the expense of a corner. It's lashed in by Pasquale ... and Renegie outjumps Skrtel but can't keep his header down. Still, a warning to Lvierpool that Udinese have improved in this period.
Young Boys have gone 2-1 up against Anzhi. If it stays like that and Udinese equalise here, Liverpool - who are currently top of the group - will suddenly be out.
Henderson goofs in midfield. Udinese zip the ball about a bit and then Badu unleashes a trickler from 30 yards. Woeful all around.
Udinese serve up a fine example of the lesser-spotted near-post corner, Fabbrini flicking on at the front stick, forcing Carragher into a desperate clearance.
Downing lashes down the left and then curls in a splendid cross. It's headed out to the edge of the area, where Suarez seizes upon it ... but then wellies high over the bar.
Oh Suso! He's been tidy and inventive tonight, right up until his finishing: Suarez has just cut the defence to pieces with a strong run before offloading to Suso at the right-hand side of the box. The youngster had time and space to pick his spot (as in choose where to shoot, as opposed to squeeze a zit) but donked it well wide.
As the second half gets under way, time to reveal that Anzhi have equalised at Young Boys, meaning, if the scores stay the same yonder, a draw here would be enough for Liverpool to progress. In other news, Udinese have made a change, pulling off Pinzi and introducing Benatia.
"I remember Padelli's one and only game for Liverpool, bloody useless he was," storms Alistair Reece. "Conceded a couple against Charlton in 2007."
Liverpool are deservedly in front and, things change drastically here, are going through to the next round.
Johnson wins a corner after a typical glide down the right. Suso hoiks it in, it's helped towards goal by Johnson, then Suarez produces a brilliant overhead kick, which is matched by an excellent save by Padelli.
Suso leads another Liverpool attack. He knocks the ball through to Suarez, who has Shelvey and Downing appealing for a cross in the middle but elects to shoot instead, and blazes high and wide.
Young Boys have just scored against Anzhi, which means holding on to the lead is paramount for Liverpool: a draw would not out them through if the Swiss win. As things stand though, Liverpool are going through as group winners, ahead of Anzhi. "If you want to misname the home team, why not Watford-on-Torre?" parps Donal O'Brien. "Obviously they are bottom of the group because Watford have not yet loaned anyone to Udinese."
Downing finds Enrique, who bangs in a low cross that the keeper cuts out before Suarez can pounce. Liverpool are in near-total control here.
Downing scampers forwards and then feeds Suarez, who shapes to shoot from the corner of the box but then dinks a nice pass over to Suso. The youngster's control lets him down and Pasquale dispossesses him. Suso then fouls him and boots the ball away in frustration, drawing a flourish of yellow from the ref. A card, not a buttercup, in case you need things spelled out.
Fabbrini has a dig from 26 yards. Comfortable save for Reina, who, surprisingly, saves it comfortably.
Jose Enrique slips a ball through to Suarez, who is justly called back for offside, as opposed to a moment ago, when he was clean through only to be hauled back for a non-existent foul.
Suso has been lovely so far. Shelvey mas made a big impact since coming on too, and Henderson's danger is properly up since his goal. Things looking good for Liverpool, who will certainly reach the next round if the keep their lead. At the moment they look like extending it.
This is good stuff from Liverpool. Their swarming and tempo are causing real difficulty to Udinese.
Fine play by Liverpool, featuring a classy defence-splitting pass from Shelvey to pick out a good run by Henderson. Suso was involved too but, alas, a promising move broke down when Downing ventured offside.
Downing delivered the corner, Suarez tried to direct a header on goal but it was going wide until Suso retrieved it and cleverly laid it back to Henderson, who drilled it low and hard into the net from nine yards.
Shelvey is chopped down again, giving Liverpool a freekick about 25 yards out, a tad to the left. Suarez, who has barely been involved so far, blems it into the wall. Liverpool must make do with a corner.
"Did you refer to Udinese as Juventus a few mintues ago in an effort to lend a bit more luster to a boring and poorly attended match?" wonders Nathan Tucker. Yes. Meanwhile, Boca Juniors have just won a corner after Pereyra frolicked in from the left and sent in a loopy cross-cum-shot that Reina had to push over.
Fabbrini booked for a demented lunge at Shelvey.
Dinky work by Badu down the lef tbefore a cross into the box. Renegie rises to meet it, manages to avoid maiming any opponent, and nods wide.
Liverpool apply serious pressure, getting eight players in and around the Udinese box as they attempt to pick a way through. Suso eventually delviers a cross that the keeper does well to punch clear.
Shelvey's first touch is a shot. An inaccurate and weak shot from miles out. But as things stand, it's going to make the highlights package.
Shelvey looks set to come on in place of Sahin, who has sustained a bloodied nose in a collision with Ranegie, who's been putting himself about early doors. Perhaps he can spice up a game that is becoming quite boring.
Allen gives the ball away in midfield, allowing Udinese to chug forward. But they do half-heartedly. There's a real lack of urgency in this game so far.
Sahin sends in a corner, which the goalkeeper meets with an extravagant punch. You may also be interested to know that Jose Enrique appears to have reverted to his left-back role, with Downing deployed further forward.
Liverpool are settling nicely, circulating the ball with their familiar patience. They eventually win a corner.
Udinese win a corner within 15 seconds. Liverpool struggle to get it away, with both Suso and Skrtel putting in weak headers. Ranegie and Skrtel then challenge for a high ball jsut outside the area clash in ugly fashion, by which I mean they collided painfully with each other, rather then one was wearing orange denim and leather while the other was clad in woolly purple dungarees.
... Udinese fans' imaginations, which apparently have not been captured by this tie. The stadium is about one-third full and seems about as boisterous as Friday morning mass in a stone church on the Hebrides.
"I don't wish to be pedantic," begins Jason Gregory Isaacs in the manner of all pedants. "But you have only listed 10 players in the Liverpool starting line-up. And one ball boy called Downing."
Well, not really. Rather, an update. Earlier in the season it was observed by hacks whose name shall remain somewhere on this page that Jose Enrique had deteriorated to the point that, as as left-back, he bore comparison with Liverpool legends such as Djimi Traoré, Julian Dicks and Paul Konchesky. At the time this assertion was as accurate as it was mysterious (was he falling victim to some sort sort of Anfield Curse on Spaniards that accounted for the decline of Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina and - oh go on then - Rafa Benitez?). However, the man has recovered his mojo and, indeed, has become a formidable power in his new advanced role: that was a canny switch by Brendan Rodgers, who, to complete the job, just needs to teach Enrique to finish now that he's consistently getting into promising situations. Oh, and impart some elementary defensive skills to Stewart Downing, the real heir of Messers Traoré, Dicks and Konchesky.
Udinese: Padelli, Faraoni, Heurtaux, Danilo, Pasquale, Pereyra,
Agyemang-Badu, Pinzi, Armero, Fabbrini, Ranegie.
Subs: Brkic, Di Natale, Benatia, Marsura, Berra, Reinthaler, Frison.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Downing,
Henderson, Allen, Sahin, Suso, Jose Enrique, Suarez
Subs: Jones, Cole, Assaidi, Coates, Sterling, Shelvey, Wisdom.
Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal)
Paul will be here later this afternoon. In the meantime, here's an excerpt from Andy Hunter's preview:
The 30-year-old goalkeeper has struggled by his commanding standards for 18 months and his performances prompted Rodgers to speak to him earlier in the season about how he fitted into Liverpool's new style. Reina has responded with extra training at Melwood, losing a significant amount of weight and, as Rodgers put it, "now he is committed to the plan of what we are all trying to do".
Reina's form has been encouraging since returning from a seven-match absence with a hamstring strain and Rodgers, speaking before their Europa League group game at Udinese on Thursday night, believes the keeper can remain No1 at Anfield for the next three years of his contract. Rodgers also revealed that Liverpool are to offer Brad Jones an extension to his contract, which expires at the end of the season, to keep him as No2.
The Liverpool manager said: "I want to make it 150% clear because I have read about goalkeepers being linked and Pepe leaving. This is a guy who is in a really good moment. He is the No1 keeper for Liverpool. He will admit himself that he has had a difficult couple of years but he now has a sense that his best years are in front of him, not behind him. It is a great testament to him that he is now working harder than ever, he has lost weight, he looks fresh, he looks bright, he is doing extra work and it is a great step forward to him and his commitment in terms of him staying at Liverpool.
"He has three years left on his contract and I think he has his best years ahead of him. Now he is committed to the plan of what we are all trying to do, which is to fight every single day, and there is nobody fighting harder than him at the minute so I am not on the look-out for anyone. He is a wonderful guy, a real team player, and we have seen in the last number of games that he is getting up to speed and he will be a very important part of how we work."
Rodgers has a strong squad in Italy for a tie that Liverpool must win to guarantee qualification for the knock-out phase. A draw would do if Young Boys do not beat Anzhi Makhachkala. Steven Gerrard, who took ill ahead of the trip, Daniel Agger, who is being managed through games and Lucas Leiva, who only returned from a three-month absence on Saturday, are the only absentees from the team that beat Southampton. All are expected to return at West Ham United on Sunday.