Vlad back in action
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Vladimir Smicer played 30 minutes for Liverpool's reserves.Vladimir Smicer played 30 minutes for Liverpool's reserves and could soon be in contention for a first-team place.
The Czech schemer has not featured this season after undergoing knee surgery last year.
Smicer has made good progress in recent weeks and was given a run-out in the 4-0 defeat by Aston Villa.
Smicer came through his cameo in fine shape and will hope for an uninterrupted week of training before pressing his claims for a first-team return.
Anthony Le Tallec was another player handed the chance to shine, with the French starlet playing his first game since returning from a loan stint at St Etienne.
Neil Mellor was a late absentee after picking up a knee injury and the club are anxiously awaiting news on the extent of the striker's knock.
Liverpool's lack of forward options could see manager Rafa Benitez turn to Smicer and Le Tallec in the near future.