Rafa leaves out Baros
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rafa Benitez has left Milan Baros out of his squad for Tuesday's TNS game.Rafa Benitez has named a strong 18-man Liverpool squad for their game against TNS, but Milan Baros will again miss out after being an unused substitute at Anfield.
The Reds are 3-0 up from the first leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifier, but the Spaniard is still taking the second leg at Wrexham seriously.
Benitez has made just one change to the first leg squad, with Luis Garcia replacing Baros - which could again put his future in doubt.
Baros scored in Liverpool's 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday but missed out on the first leg at Anfield after being named as a substitute, amid rumours that his future was in the balance.
Again not figuring in the Champions League will see his future called into question, as some believe that Benitez does not want him cup-tied for Europe as he may still decide to sell him this summer.
Benitez has warned his strikers that they must start firing, as they struggled for goals last season through a mixture of injuries and loss of form.
"Last season our top goalscorers scored 13 goals and that isn't enough," Benitez told the club website.
"The strikers always need to score more than 13 goals but I am confident that if we have better possession of the ball this season and play better football then they will have more chances.
"We had a lot of problems last season with injuries to strikers but I am sure it will be different this year."
Djibril Cisse is likely to start after looking sharp in pre-season, while Scott Carson could get a run-out in goal after Jerzy Dudek was again left out - but Benitez promises he is not taking the result for granted.
"We will use a strong team against TNS," added Benitez.
"It might not be the strongest team we could select, but it will still be a strong side.
"We must be careful in the game. Even though we're three goals up we want to name a strong side because we don't want any surprises on the night.
"We must do the right job and we must approach it in a serious frame of mind."
The Liverpool squad have flown from their training camp in Switzerland just for the game in Wrexham and will return on Wednesday.
Stephen Warnock injured his elbow during the Leverkusen game but is fit enough to be included in the squad.