Last Updated: 02/12/10 7:55pm
Thanks for your company and your opinions throughout tonight's game. There were some kind words said about myself and my commentary. All I'll say is there is a good tea maker behind every half-decent journalist! Thanks again and don't forget to follow the reaction next. For now, it's goodbye from me!
Liverpool have passed the minute in which they conceded to Spurs at the weekend so perhaps they're home and dry now?
Sub! Liverpool make their last change as Pacheco makes way for Lucas - matchwinner in the making? Maybe not!
...Pacheco takes this one and looks for Kygriakos. He gets the slightest of flicks as the ball comes back to Pacheco who is in an offside position and the flag is raised.
Just spotted anothe post from Vanessa who wants to know how Kelly is getting on as I have not mentioned him at all tonight. He's been solid when called upon but he hasn't been able to bomb forward like in previous games. You can check out my player ratings at the end of the game and also submit your own verdicts on Roy's Reds.
Liverpool are being penned into their own half, but the draw still sees them through to the last 32 so they won't be too bothered if it ends like this.
... but Aurelio is on hand to wallop the ball to safety. He's had a good game tonight and I know a lot of you have expressed your preference of the Brazilian over Konchesky.
Sub! Eccleston gets an early touch of the ball but nothing materialises and Steaua make a switch with Szekely coming on.
Sub! Hodgson elects for two up top as Ngog comes on for Cole, who has been disappointing tonight I must admit.
Still no subs from Hodgson, he has the likes of Ngog on the bench if he craves a winner or perhaps Lucas to steel up the midfield?!
CHANCE! Nicolita rifles a low shot which has Reina scrambling and it goes behind the goal to make it look like a goal but I assure you it's still 1-1.
You have to say an Steaua equaliser was on the cards and it's all square in Holland as Cavani scores a hat trick to make it 3 apiece.
CHANCE!...he picks out Kyrgiakos who smashes a header off the bar. Great chance for Liverpool to get back ahead.
Liverpool are unable to get ahead from the set-piece and the ball comes all the way back to Reina who shows a safer pair of hands on this occasion.
Liverpool try to restore their lead as Babel comes on the attack. Cole picks him out but the forward can't get a shot off but his side do have a corner.
Ironic that in a Liverpool team that boasts loads of youngsters that their captain for the night lets them down! No one tell me it's my fault for calling him the best keeper around!
After bigging up Reina, the most experienced Liverpool play on show today is guilty of a howler! He lets the ball slip between his legs and Bonfin is the goalscorer!
Steaua continue to threaten and two corners wiz by but Liverpool come out unscathed with Jovanovic doing some decent defensive work.
Reina is called into action as a high cross comes in from the right. The Spain international anticipates it and snatches it out of the air. I have to say I think he's the best keeper in the Prem.
Steaua come on the offense and Nicolita is agonisingly close to playing in Latovlevici but Reina gratefully collects.
Steaua have upped the ante this half and Liverpool are being forced onto the back-foot on regular intervals.
Meanwhile, Wilson makes an ill-timed challenge on Stancu and Steaua have a free-kick in a threatening position.
I don't know what the Steaua fans had during the half-time break but their spirits have been boosted by something as they join in unison to cheer their team on.
CHANCE! Tanase whips a corner into the box and from a forest of players the header comes in but Reina get down well to hold onto the ball. Decent chance for Giraldo.
Reina is at his commanding best as he gets a solid punch on the cross. Steaua come on the attack but nothing amounts.
A last view from Ferg: I think your right about Jovanovic having a place in the squad, his attitude off the pitch seems like he is in the right mind frame with him withdrawing from the international squad because he wants to earn his place at Liverpool, but I think that he needs to improve his end product to add an extra depth to his attack
Vanessa has been prolific in getting in touch tonight so only fair I give her some airtime, she says on her latest post: I agree with you that Babel is promising. I rate him much higher than Ngog who seems to be given far more chances to play full games but usually manages to miss several chances every game and is hopeless at keeping the ball. Incidentally did you watch Barcelona? Now that's a team I wouldn't mind seeing in red jerseys at Anfield - plus Stevie and Carra of course- oh and Reina and Kuyt. Keeping the faith.
AJ gets in touch to offer his view on Jovanovic: I rate Jovanovic first game of the season against arsenal he gave a good showing. Was powerful and full of running was up and down and defended well too. I believe if he is given a chance he won't let any 1 down. He won't even play for Serbia until he is playing in the starting 11 for Liverpool.
Steve writes in: He looks good and is strong on the ball but is a striker who keeps getting played on the left wing which doesn't suit him. Give him a run upfront and then judge him.
Natalie emails in: I think our boy Jovanovic has potential to shine but don't think he has his head round the way we play. Few more games and hopefully we will see him come out of his shell. i feel as if he is nervous about playing for the mighty reds, once he has his confidence he will prove all the cynics wrong.
Matt says: Jovanovic is an okay player he has real potential but he goes in to fast and doesn't think about what he's doing before he shoots. Amber says: Jovanovic has potential, but doesn't get enough 1st team action to get used to the Liverpool way. And Scott adds: I did say Jovanovic deserved a chance well there you go.
CHANCE! Stansu gets the rub of the green in Liverpool's penalty area but he flashes a low shot wide! That was a terrible finish and the coach has his head in his hands!
Less than five minutes to go of the first-half, and I must confess my mind is wandering to another hot beverage!
Surdu has looked Steaua's brightest player and he wins them a corner but they fail to carve out a chance from the set-piece.
Some more bad news for Steaua in Group K's other fixture, Utrecht have just taken the lead and are beating Napoli 2-1 in Holland. That puts the Romanians down in third.
Half-an-hour gone and Liverpool look serene at the moment. Qualification to the latter stages should beckon, barring a collapse in the remainder of this match.
Steaua surge forward but the cross from the left is in Reina territory and he gobbles that one up before setting Liverpool on their way.
It was a shame Cole's touch evaded him then. He was clean through but he showed the signs of a player not too high on confidence as Roy Hodgson suggested prior to the match. Still, Liverpool look comfortable here in Romania.
CHANCE!...his clearance releases Babel down the left. He picks out Cole but his first touch lets him down. He finds Jovanovic and he wriggles away from a couple of defenders before picking out Pacheco but he fires wide.
Steaua look for a quick riposte and hit an early cross into Reina's vicinity. He clatters Gomes but no foul is given.
So Jovanovic scores his first European goal for Liverpool and silences my colleague, for now! Babel also looks in the mood tonight as he roasts two Steaua defenders on the right. His cross isn't of the same quality as the one for the goal and the hosts clear.
Yellow card! Surdu becomes the first player tonight to go into the book, not sure what for though I'm afraid!
Credit to Babel, who cuts inside on the right before picking out Jovanovic who bullets his header past a helpless Tatarusanu.
That was the best chance of the match so far, Liverpool's defending wasn't ideal but at least Steaua's holding midfielder didn't punish them on that occasion.
CHANCE! Steaua have a corner and they work it to Bicfalvi who has a free header but he nods it over the bar. Poor miss!
That said, Liverpool are being forced deep into their own half a lot so far although that is generally the norm for the way they play on European trips.
There are a few Kopites in the crowd tonight - fair play to them. They'll be content with what they've seen from the Reds so far.
A colleague of mine has just started an argument with me off-air about Jovanovic. He does not rate the Serb while I think he has potential at Anfield. Let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liverpool try to get their quick passing into full flow but Cole is dispossessed after dwelling on the ball.
The home fans are in decent voice tonight and they do love a good whistle - they're jeering Liverpool while they're on the ball right now.
It will be interesting to see how Babel does today. I'm a big fan of the Dutchman but I wonder whether he will service up top on his own tonight?
Babel gets onto the ball and shows some skill before hoofing forward. Cole wasn't expecting that though and Tatarusanu collects.
Reina is seeing a lot of the ball early on but he's yet to make a save. He will hope to keep it that way.
... Latovlevici charges down Steaua's left before overhitting his cross which Reina watches go out of play.
Shelvey is sandwiched by three Steaua players in the middle of the park and he wins Liverpool a free-kick. First chance for the visitors in invoke some pressure on their opponents.
...Liverpool clear the danger but only as far as Surdu but he fails to trouble Reina, whose the Reds captain tonight.
Time for one last view: I'm really hoping for a Liverpool win today after just losing to tottenham and then drawing man u in the fa cup, i was close to tears! thank god we have you here elliot as i dont have espn so thanks for keeping us updated. c'mon liverpool! :)" That was from Helen
All's left to say is enjoy the game guys as Steaua Bucuresti versus Liverpool is next, AND IT'S LIVE!
Joe from SKYBET has got in touch to reveal the latest odds on tonight's game: Liverpool may well be fielding an unfamiliar team but that hasn't stopped Skybet customers backing them to win tonight at 11/8. Ryan Babel (7/1) and David Ngog (7/1) are our priceboosts to score the 1st goal and have both been popular choices.
I can officially confirm I'm enjoying a double strength cup of Tetley tea before kick-off, I give a shout-out to my colleague Ben - nothing better than a good tea-maker I'm sure you'll agree!
Tim emails in: "Hi Elliot, Im a Liverpool Fan and I'm really looking forward to this match... Hope the youngsters put in a good shift, also Aurelio who I rate very highly over Konchesky, he should get more game time now he's fit. I can see a few people agreeing with that. Hope you enjoy your Coffee!"
Scott his happy to see Jovanovic get a start: "I saw Jovanovic on first day against arsenal and i was impressed he's hard working, strong and got a bit of speed to him, he deserves his chance, I'd prefer to see him at anfield with crowd behind him though."
John says: "Evening Elliot! Can you get a decent cuppa over there? I'm not sure about this starting XI for the Reds, but I do rate Jon-Jo, so I'll be looking out for his performance tonight. And how good can Liverpool be in Europe without the inspirational Stevie G to save them if it starts going wrong? I think todays flutter will be on the Half time/Full time score and I'll take Liverpool/Draw at 14/1. Today's second English disappointment." I haven't a clue what other disappointment you're talking about John?! (Yeah right!)
"Hi Elliot, my name is Ed and this is the first time writing in before so here goes. I'm delighted with the selection today, arguably none of these players, save Riena, get regular appearances so tonight will be a test for them to prove themselves in the Liverpool shirt. More importantly I'm looking forward to seeing Pacheco and Shelvey playing together! I'm definitely not Babel's biggest fan but if he can prove himself and show that he has what it takes I'm willing to give him a second chance. I predict Liverpool to win 3-1. 2 for Babel and 1 for Cole!"
Errol: "Hi Elliot, I think that Liverpool should sweep past Bucuresti and rake up all 3 points! Bable and Cole to score. I'm predicting we score more then two."
Liam kicks off proceedings: "it's really nice to see some young names in the team. I just hope that shelvey and pacheco can sparkle in this game to give a 3-1 win to liverpool."
Quite a positive team selection from Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson there, I'm a fan of the starting XI. Joe Cole returns and is set for a role behind the front man Ryan Babel, who is getting his chance to impress in his preferred role. There are also starts for Fabio Aurelio and left-back, Danny Wilson at centre-half, while the likes of Daniel Pacheco, Jon-Jo Shelvey and Milan Jovanovic also start!
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Kyrgiakos, Wilson, Aurelio, Poulsen, Pacheco, Shelvey, Jovanovic, Cole, Babel. Subs: Jones, Lucas, Ngog, Skrtel, Flanagan, Eccleston, Robinson.
Steaua Bucuresti: Tatarusanu, Eder, Geraldo, Gardos, Latovlevici, Gomes, Bicfalvi, Nicolita, Surdu, Tanase, Stancu. Subs: Lungu, Emeghara, Abrudan, Szekely, Martinovic, Angelov, Matei.
I'm Elliot and I'll be your eyes and ears in Bucurest to provide you with tonight's minute-by-minute coverage. What's this I hear, the team news is in!
Good evening and welcome to tonight's coverage of Steaua Bucuresti v Liverpool, live from the Stadionul Ghencea in Romania!