When and where: The Europa League group stage contest kicks-off from the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern at 1 p.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by the Fox Soccer Channel, with a live stream available on FoxSoccer2Go.
Preview: Liverpool are set to field a youthful side as they face Switzerland’s Young Boys in Bern on Thursday. With a massive match against Manchester United on the horizon on Sunday, manager Brendan Rodgers is taking no chances as they begin the group phase of the Europa League.
"I look at Real Madrid vs. Manchester City last night and Samir Nasri came off with an injury but they have a massive squad who can accommodate that,” Rodgers said, according to the Press Association.
"If I lose some of my key players that can make it very difficult for us for the next two or three months.
"No matter what the perception is I know in my own mind I've brought a team here which has a mixture of experience and talented young players.
"I am fully aware that when you pull on a Liverpool shirt you are expected to win the games so I've brought a team I believe can win the game."
One of the players who Rodgers will be counting on to lead by example is midfielder Nuri Sahin. The Turkey international is still looking to establish himself at Anfield following his arrival on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid.
“I play central midfield and I have to take plenty of responsibility,” he said, according to Liverpool’s official website. “I am glad to do this, but we have a few other players who can lead the team as well.
"I only played a few games last year and this year I want to play every game and every minute.”
The traveling party has an average age of just 21 and features seven teenagers including recent signing from Bayer Leverkusen Samed Yesil. There could also be a debut for another recent signing, Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi.
Liverpool’s opponents, Young Boys, currently sit in fifth place in the Swiss Super League after eight matches, having finished third last season.
Prediction: Liverpool are likely to feature players with a point to prove in the likes of Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson and promising young talent like Yesil and Daniel Pacheco. However, the Reds may find it tough going against an accomplished Young Boys side eager to claim a famous scalp. Both sides may not be too disappointed to take a point.
Young Boys 1-1 Liverpool