Spanish ace Fernando Torres is expected to return to lead Liverpool’s attack for their visit to the south coast with England’s Glen Johnson also in line for a recall in defence. The Reds have lost times already in the league this season but defeat at Fratton Park would represent a new low for manager Rafa Benitez against bottom-of-the-table Portsmouth, who have won just three games all season.

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Portsmouth

  • Defender Younes Kaboul returns in defence after a one-match ban.
  • Full back Steve Finnan will line-up against his former club for the first time.
  • Pompey have taken just six points out of a possible 24 at Fratton Park this season.
  • Avram Grant’s side has beaten Liverpool once in their last 12 meetings.
  • The south-coast side has kept one clean sheet in six games.

Liverpool

  • Defender Glen Johnson is hoping to return from injury.
  • Leading scorer Fernando Torres will be recalled in attack.
  • Liverpool have won the last three games between the two teams.
  • Winger Albert Riera is doubtful with a hamstring strain.
  • Ryan Babel is struggling to overcome an ankle injury.
  • Liverpool have won only four of their last 16 games in all competitions.
  • The Reds have lost four out of their eight away matches in the Premier League this season.

Expert Advice

Fernando Torres has come to Liverpool, and Rafa Benitez’s, rescue more than once during his time at Anfield and a star performance from the Spaniard would help bring some much-needed festive cheer for his manager. The Reds have lost half their away games in the league this season but Torres enjoys a giood goalscoring record against Pompey and will fancy his chances of getting on the scoresheet against Avram Grant’s struggling team. Displays under Portsmouth’s new manager have improved but results have not and this looks like being another tough afternoon for the bottom club, with Betsson’s price of 3.55 for an away win by one goal appearing a sound bet.

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