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Match stats: PSV - Liverpool FC (PSV.nl)

9 dec 2008 - Source: PSV.nl

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PSV Eindhoven and Liverpool FC both have something to play for when the teams meet in their concluding fixture in Group D at the Philips Stadium tonight. PSV lie bottom of the group, level on three points with Marseille but behind the Ligue 1 club on the head-to-head record. This means that to leapfrog OM, they must better the French team's result against Atlético. Liverpool qualified for the last 16 for the fifth consecutive season and aim to overtake Club Atlético de Madrid at the section summit.
PSV and Olympique Marseille
PSV hope to finish third and thus ensure qualification for the UEFA Cup competition. Last season, PSV booked a place in the UEFA Cup after they finished third in their group. They reached the UEFA Cup quarter finals and were eliminated by Fiorentina. Liverpool and Atlético Madrid are tied on eleven points in Group D and with their two head-to-head meetings both finishing 1-1, Atlético lead the group courtesy of a better goal difference. PSV lie bottom of the group, level on three points with Marseille but behind the Ligue 1 club on the head-to-head record. This means that to leapfrog OM, they must better the French team's result against Atlético. Both PSV v Liverpool and Olympique Marseilles v Atlético Madrid kick off at 20:45 CET.
Danny Koevermans
It finished 3-1 to Liverpool when the sides met at Anfield on 1 October. Dirk Kuyt (4), Robbie Keane (34) and Steven Gerrard (76) all found the net for Rafael BenĂ­tez's team before Danny Koevermans (78) struck a late consolation. PSV have met Liverpool five times since 2006 and they are still seeking a first win against The Reds at the sixth attempt. PSV lost 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur FC in their most recent home fixture against Premier League opponents in the UEFA Cup Round of 16 last season. However, having won the first leg 1-0, they ended up prevailing 6-5 on penalties against Tottenham.
Two men one caution away from suspension
Edison Méndez and Jérémie Bréchet will incur bans with their next bookings. Liverpool have no players suspended or within a booking of a ban. Five Liverpool players have appeared in all seven games, including qualifying: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Gerrard and Kuyt. Liverpool boss Benitez will rest Dirk Kuyt, as he suffers a strained hamstring. With five goals, Gerrard is the joint-highest scorer in the competition this season along with FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Koevermans has scored four goals in five games. Javier Mascherano has committed 16 fouls in the first five matches, the joint highest total in the competition along with the former Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko, now with Juventus. Degen (metatarsal), Skrtel (knee), Torres (hamstring) and Aurelio (calf) will miss tonight's game. The Russian Nikolay Ivanov will referee the match. In November, he took charge of the UEFA Cup group stage game Manchester City - FC Twente (3-2) in de UEFA Cup).