Benítez aims to rediscover Reds’ goalscoring touch
Liverpool have little reason to recall Djibril Cissé’s goalscoring prowess on Merseyside with much affection saffiano, though the memory of one of his relatively rare contributions hounds them still. Last November Harry Kewell slipped the Frenchman through Anderlecht’s defence for Cissé to clip the ball beyond Sylvio Proto.
Yet 11 months on that remains the last goal Liverpool scored in the Champions League proper. These days the likes of Kewell and Cissé Bicester Village Prada Refund almost conjure images of a bygone era, though the current crop must attempt to rediscover some of that swagger if they are to dismiss Galatasaray this evening.
“I’d prefer to be positive,” said Rafael Benítez yesterday. “We’ve scored in our last two home games and we’re creating plenty of chances Black Prada Bag With Gold Hardware now in the Premiership. I Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Sale Uk hope to see the same in Europe.”
There is little reason to suppose that the attacking zest will not return against the Turks tonight. Eric Gerets’ side were Authentic Prada Handbags Canada humbled 3-1 at Trabzonspor at the weekend, beaten by a pair of goals from a beanpole striker in Ersen Martin to suggest Peter Crouch may prosper against the likes of the former Red Rigobert Song in the visiting defence. Moreover they arrive as a squad divided by the manager’s insistence on a rotation selection system, which might appear ironic given that Benítez will surely change his own starting line-up for the 93rd game in succession.
The Spaniard Authentic Prada Fairy Bag For Sale will expect his side to be confronted by a blanket defence, which is likely to offer Luis García a route back into the starting selection given his propensity to unlock the most stubborn of rearguards. “It’s difficult to analyse the Turkish teams,” said Benítez. “They’re always dangerous at home. But when they play away you never know what might happen. They’ve got players with ability but you need to put them under pressure, at a high tempo and regain the ball because if you grant them time they counter.
“Luis is important because he’s a player who can change games, do different things, find a clever pass. He’s capable of the best and, sometimes, the worst. He’s scored a lot of very good goals in Europe and is a special player. He’s a good option for us to have. Against Tottenham it was a really difficult, tough game and Alex [Miller], Pako [Ayestarán] and I were saying we had to change something. All three of us said Luis was the best option.”
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“The manager doesn’t like it when I try things in our half but if I do them closer to their box then he is happier. It’s the same with the fans. On the pitch I try the kind of things that people like to see if they work but if they don’t work then they don’t like them so much. That’s what my game is like.”
Liverpool may be reliant upon a flash of the Spaniard’s brilliance tonight to edge them clear in what appears likely to prove a tight group. Benítez spoke of achieving “the English average” yesterday, apparently a common phrase in Spanish football referring to gleaning two points per match. “Our draw in Eindhoven will only be a good draw if we win our home match,” he added. To do that they must exorcise the memory of Cissé’s goal and plunder reward once again.