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TOPIC: Besiktas, Anfield, Thurs 19th Feb, KO 2005 UK

Besiktas, Anfield, Thurs 19th Feb, KO 2005 UK 2 years 2 months ago #299

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Liverpool are back in European action on Thursday evening when Slaven Bilic’s Besiktas travel to Anfield – 8.05pm kick off UK time – for the first leg of their last 32 tie in the Europa League. There’s plenty of incentive for Brendan Rodgers to take this competition seriously with the winners of the May 27th final in Warsaw earning a place in the play off stage – at minimum – of the Champions League next season.

Liverpool have won this competition three times – when it was known as the UEFA Cup – which is the joint most, shared with Juventus, Inter Milan and Sevilla, with the latter two still in the competition. Interestingly, there are seven reigning national champions amongst the 32 teams left in the competition – Aalborg BK (Denmark), Ajax (Holland), Anderlecht (Belgium), Celtic (Scotland), Legia Warszawa (Poland), Olympiacos (Greece) and FC Salzburg (Austria) – which is the same number that are present in the last 16 of the Champions League.

There have been just two meetings between these two sides and one of those games remains a Champions League record for the biggest victory in the competition’s history. Liverpool and Besiktas met during the 2007/08 Champions League campaign at the first group phase. Besiktas won 2-1 in Turkey but suffered a mauling at Anfield just 12 days later, losing 8-0. That is the biggest victory in the Champions League by any team in the group stages up to the final. Liverpool’s scorers in that 8-0 thrashing were Benayoun (3), Babel (2), Crouch (2) and Gerrard. Only two players that featured that day are still at Liverpool and both will be missing through injury: Gerrard and Lucas.

Liverpool’s previous tournament victories:

1972/73: Liverpool 3 – 2 Borussia Monchengladbach (two legs)
1975/76: Liverpool 4 – 3 Club Brugge (two legs)
2000/01: Liverpool 5 – 4 Alaves (golden goal)

Liverpool’s Europa League/UEFA Cup/Fairs Cup record (all rounds):

P: 129 W: 71 D: 31 L: 27 F: 202 A: 95 GD: +107

Liverpool’s European record against teams from Turkey:

Total – P: 10 W: 5 D: 2 L: 3 F: 21 A 10 GD: +11
Home – P: 5 W: 4 D: 1 L: 0 F: 15 A: 2 GD: +13
Away - P: 5 W: 1 D: 1 L: 3 F: 6 A: 8 GD: -2

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool are missing Jones (thigh), Gerrard (hamstring), Flanagan (knee), Lucas (groin) and Sterling (foot). Markovic is suspended for four matches following his sending off against Basel.

Besiktas are missing defenders İsmail Köybaşı (knee) and Alexander Milošević (foot) and have doubts over Ramon Motta (groin) and Cenk Tosun (unknown).

Liverpool:

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Ward
Defenders: Johnson, Manquillo, Skrtel, Sakho, Toure, Lovren, Enrique, Moreno
Midfielders: Henderson (c), Coutinho, Ibe, Allen, Lallana, Can, Brannagan, Rossiter, Kent, Lussey
Forwards: Sturridge, Balotelli, Lambert, Borini

Besiktas:

Goalkeepers: Gonen, Zengin
Defenders: Kurtulus, Franco, Gulum, Motta (?), Nukan, Opare
Midfielders: Sosa, Tore, Kavlak, Hutchinson, Ozyakup, Arslan, Uysal, Koyunlu
Forwards: Ba, Sahan, Pektemek, Tosun (?)
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