The stage is set for a rare match between Liverpool and Hearts of Midlothian today (live on FOX Soccer at 2:30pm ET and The match is the first leg of an Europa League playoff between the Reds of Merseyside and Hearts of Edinburgh.

In Liverpool team news, manager Brendan Rodgers has decided not to start Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard or Luis Suarez, while Raheem Sterling makes his first competitive debut for Liverpool.

Liverpool team: Reina, Robinson, Carragher, Agger, Kelly, Henderson, Spearing, Adam, Shelvey, Sterling, Borini.

Hearts team: MacDonald; R. McGowan, Webster, Zaliukas, Grainger; Paterson, Barr, Taouil, Templeton, Novikovas; Sutton.

Before, during and after today’s match, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.