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PostSubject: Pool v Trabzonspor   Thu 19 Aug 2010 - 12:23

Liverpool FC boss Roy Hodgson to shuffle pack for Europa League clash
Aug 19 2010 by Dominic King, Liverpool Echo


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ROY HODGSON is ready to shuffle his pack tonight as he aims to protect his star players ahead of Monday’s showdown with Manchester City.

Though the Liverpool manager will not be taking Trabzonspor lightly, he will make changes as he knows it is not conducive to ask players to churn out consecutive 90-minute performances at this stage of the campaign.

Definitely missing will be Daniel Agger (concussion) and Javier Mascherano (calf) but Hodgson could even be tempted to take Steven Gerrard out of the firing line this evening in order to have him firing on all cylinders at Eastlands.

Hodgson has confirmed new signing Christian Poulsen will be in the squad for the Europa League play-off, as will Dutch winger Ryan Babel, who has yet to play any competitive football since returning from his summer break.

While he would love nothing more than to lead Liverpool to a European trophy, that target is some way down the road this season and Hodgson knows the importance of the impending clash with City.

He said: “If you are going to prioritise, you always prioritise the Premier League – that might even go for Champions League teams – but you would like to do both. But we take it very seriously and we will be doing our best to play well and win the game. We would like to go through.

“Quite frankly, when you add in international games, I don’t think there is a squad around that could cope with playing 70 matches a season. It’s totally unrealistic.


“You would need an awful lot of luck to go all the way. But we will be treating Trabzonspor with the utmost respect. They have got a very good record in Europe.

“We have seen regularly in Europe what Fenerbahce and Galatasary can do. Trabzonspor beat Fenerbahce in the Turkish Cup to reach this final.

“We know we are playing against a team of the very highest level. We’ve got two legs and we have been preparing for a tough game. We need two good performances.”

Hodgson, meanwhile, is hoping to add a couple more faces to his squad before the transfer window closes but he has reiterated he has no desire to cash in on any big names such as Mascherano, Babel and Dirk Kuyt, who is a target for Inter.

“Everything is looking very good,” said Hodgson. “We have got a very good set of players; I was fearful when I came that I might lose one or two with the speculation.

“But things are looking that much better. I’m pleased the players who have served the club so well in the past are still here.

“We aren’t in a situation where we can let players go without replacing them, if they are in our plans for the 25 man squad.

“Javier will always be in my plans until the day comes when he leaves the club. If I get my way, that will be a long time in the future. He is injured at the minute to he won’t play (tonight) as he has only just started trying to jog.

“We are now trying to get him fit for Monday. That’s out worry

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PostSubject: Re: Pool v Trabzonspor   Thu 19 Aug 2010 - 12:29

Tonights match will be a different proposition than the Rabotnicki tie. We will be stepping up in standard against the the quality of opposition we will be facing.

Historically the Turkish sides don't travel very well but are ferocious at home with equally ferocious suppport.

We really do have to do the buisness tonight at Anfield and make the return leg nothing more irrelevant.

We need goals tonight and although we created lots of chances in the last tie we didn't take them. Tonight Torres and Ngog and everyone else have to take advantage of
any chances created.

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PostSubject: All you ned to know about Trabonzpor   Thu 19 Aug 2010 - 12:49


Top 10 things you need to know about Liverpool's Europa League opponents Trabzonspor

Liverpool's Europa League campaign continues apace tomorrow night with the first leg of their qualifying tie with Trabzonspor. But what do we know about the Turkish side?

1) Super Lig side Trabzonspor are based in Trabzon, a city on the Black Sea coast of north-eastern Turkey. Located on the historical Silk Road, it was historically a melting pot of religions, languages and culture for centuries. Much like Toxteth, then.

2) They play at the 19,649-capacity Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium, named for a teacher and regional administrator for education who contributed much to the local sports. Roy Hodgson will be hoping his team aren't given any footballing lessons themselves over the two-legged tie...

3) They were formed following the merger of two fierce local rivals whose fanbase split the city of Trabzon in two: Idmanocagi and Idmangucu. The clubs fought demands to unite from the Turkish Football Federation until they were finally threatened with expulsion from the league in 1967, a thought that will doubtless send shivers down the spines of Liverpool and Everton fans.

4) They're nicknamed Bordo-Mavililer (the Maroon-Blues) after the colours of their home strip. Another source of conflict following that ill-tempered merger, fans initially wanted the newly-formed team to combine their old yellow-red and green-white kits (which would have predated the anti-Glazer brigade by some 40 years). After much wrangling. the two sets of supporters eventually compromised by choosing a colour each that was completely different from their original club's.

5) With six Super Lig titles to their name, they're the most successful Turkish side outside of Istanbul's 'big three': Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce. However, as the last of those came in the 1983-4 season, it would be fair to say that Trabzonspor's best days are behind them (who said 'Just like Liverpool's' at the back?)

6) In fact, the purple patch Trabzonspor enjoyed in the mid-70s and mid-80s puts even Liverpool's to shame. From From 1976 to 1984 the Turkish side won a total of 29 trophies, inlcuding (deep breath) six Super Lig titles, eight Turkish Cups, seven Presidential Cups, five Chancellor Cups and the intriguingly named Cyprus Peace Cup.

7) Ahmet Suat Ozyazici is Trabzonspor's Shankly, Paisely and Fagan all rolled into one. He landed 17 of those trophies during his first and most successful spell in charge at the club from 1973-1984, including their first four league titles (not to mention the double in 1976-77).

8) Current boss Senol Gunes is something of a local legend. Not only was he manager of the Turkey side that finished third at the 2002 World Cup, but he also holds Trabzonspor's all-time appearances record, having played in 453 league games. Hami Mandirali is their all-time goal scorer with 212 goals from 416 games. Their current hotshots and men to watch out for at Anfield are recently acquired Columbian striker Teofilo Gutierrez and flying right winger/club captain Ibrahim Yattara.

9) Featuring less prominently on the historical roll of honour is former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, who suffered an unhappy seven month stint there at the end of the '90s. His stay was curtailed when the club president, Mehmet Ali Yilmaz, described Campbell as a "discoloured cannibal" and offered the damning indictment: "We bought him as a goal machine, but he turned out to be a washing machine".

10) They've got form against Liverpool, having notably met the Reds in the 1976-77 European Cup. Trabzonspor won the first leg 1-0, but crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Anfield in the second leg. Liverpool, of course, went on to lift the trophy that year after beating Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 in the final. We're sure Roy Hodgson would settle for a similar chain of events this time out.




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