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Liverpool want to win the group (PSV.nl)

9 dec 2008 - Source: PSV.nl

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Fernando Torres will miss Tuesday's game through injury and Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez will also be without Dirk Kuyt as he has decided to rest the Dutch striker. Yet Liverpool are anxious to win their final Champions League Group D game in Eindhoven to ensure they will finish first.
Lucas Leiva
Kuyt, who is troubled by a hamstring problem that he sustained in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, is rested. The Reds will also be without Martin Skrtel (knee), Fabio Aurelio (calf) and Philipp Degen (foot). Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is expected to make full use of his squad and a number of fringe players are set to get a run out. Yet Liverpool are anxious to win their final Champions League Group D in Eindhoven to ensure they will finish first, ahead of Atlético Madrid, who have also already qualified for the knockout stage. 'We want to finish first so we will play at Anfield for the second leg of the next round. To play that game at Anfield is important, so we are anxious to beat PSV', said the Brazilian Lucas Leiva who accompanied Benitez at the press conference at the Philips Stadium on Monday night.
The match is important for PSV
Rafa Benitez endorsed what Leiva had said. 'We would like to play the second leg in the last sixteen at home, so we want to win. The match is important for PSV and Marseille to get points to book a place in the UEFA Cup competition. But it will be difficult for Marseille against Atlético because their opponents are very good on the counter attack. And PSV also need to win, so they will make it very difficult for us. They are a good team and they are playing at home', concluded Benitez. After the press conference Liverpool trained in the stadium for one hour before they returned to the players' hotel in the centre of Eindhoven. Tuesday's night match at the Philips Stadium kicks off at 20:45.

Characteristics

PSV
  • Gomes
  • Lucius
  • Alex
  • Ooijer
  • Lamey

  • Afellay (Aissati/24)
  • Simons
  • Cocu
  • Farfán
    Vennegoor
  • Robert (Reiziger/67)
Fenerbahce SK
  • Volkan
  • Serkan
  • Önder
  • Fábio

  • Ümit
  • Appiah
  • Alex
  • Aurélio
  • Tuncay
  • Anelka
    (Yozgatli/65)
  • Márcio (Semih/79)
 

Arbiter

  • Poulat (Fra)

Spectators

  • 35.000

Yellow card(s)

  • Robert, Cocu (PSV) Serkan,Semih (Fenerbahce)

Red card(s)

  • -

Score

  • 14' 1-0 Cocu
    85' 2-0 Farfan