Liverpool without seven key players ahead of vital Besiktas clash

Liverpool will need to be at the top of their game as Brendan Rodgers will be without seven key players when his side take on Besiktas in the second leg of the Europa League last-16, Express reports.

The Reds have a very tight schedule coming up, in which they face Premier League rivals Manchester City on Sunday, two days after returning from their trip to Turkey where they are leading 1-0 on aggregate.

Brendan Rodgers now has a selection headache for his upcoming match, as Philippe Coutinho has been left out of the travelling squad due to a slight knock.

The on-form Brazilian will be joined by Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Mamadou Sakho, Steven Gerrard, and Lucas on the treatment table, all of whom are unavailable through injury.

In addition, Lazar Markovic will also not be able to feature, as he will be serving the second of his four Europa League match ban for a red card he picked up against Basel in the group stages.

Therefore, Rodgers has named five youngsters for the Besiktas clash, with Jordan Williams, Jordan Lussey, Jerome Sinclair, Cameron Brannagan, and Ryan Fulton, all included in the roster.