UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal, 2nd Leg
LIVERPOOL-PSV (ESPN Deportes & Setanta USA, live, 2:30 pm ET).
The prospects that three of the four Champions League
semifinalists will hail from the English Premier League look darn good. Manchester United and Chelsea qualified yesterday, and on Wednesday Liverpool takes a 3-0 lead into its second leg against
Dutch squad PSV Eindhoven.
"If I told my squad to believe they can still advance, then I don't belong on this planet," said PSV Eindhoven coach Ronald Koeman
team's chances of winning by four goals in Liverpool.
Of course Liverpool's Spanish coach Rafael Benitez
is warning against complacency.
"These kind of games are
difficult. Sometimes teams say 'OK, the job is done' but we have to be careful," Benitez said.
But in 50 years of European Cup play, none of the 114 teams that lost at home, 3-0,
in the first leg advanced. Moreover, PSV's Alex, Ibrahim Afellay, Edison Mendes, Michael Reiziger, Alcides
and Jan Kromkamp
are all out.
For Liverpool, Chilean Mark
may start in place of Brazilian midfielder Fabio Aurelio
, who suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon in the first leg and is out for the season. And Benitez needs a replacement
for suspended forward Dirk Kuyt
alongside Peter Crouch
. Probable lineups:
25-Pepe Reina; 3-Steve Finnan, 23-Jamie Carragher, 5-Daniel Agger,
6-John Arne Riise; 20-Javier Mascherano, 8-Steven Gerrard, 14-Xabi Alonso, 11-Mark Gonzalez; 16-Jermaine Pennant, 15-Peter Crouch. PSV Eindhoven --
1-Gomes; 22-Csaba Feher, 14-Manuel Da
Costa, 6-Timmy Simons, 23-Carlos Salcido; 15-Jason Culina, 8-Philip Cocu, 7-Mika Vayrynen, 28-Sun Xiang; 10-Arouna Kone, 17-Jefferson Farfan.
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)