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Liverpool sights trained on knockout stages

Published: Tuesday 13 November 2012, 10.05CET
Liverpool FC can reach the UEFA Europa League knockout stages with victory at home to BSC Young Boys, who are aiming to keep their hopes alive with a triumph at Anfield.
Liverpool sights trained on knockout stages
Victory against Young Boys will take Liverpool into the knockout stages ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 13 November 2012, 10.05CET

Liverpool sights trained on knockout stages

Liverpool FC can reach the UEFA Europa League knockout stages with victory at home to BSC Young Boys, who are aiming to keep their hopes alive with a triumph at Anfield.

Liverpool FC will look to cement their place in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 as BSC Young Boys battle for Group A survival at Anfield.

• The sides are level on six points, but due to head-to-head record, Young Boys would be eliminated if they lose and FC Anji Makhachkala defeat Udinese Calcio in the other Group A game.

Previous meetings
• Liverpool won 5-3 at Young Boys on matchday one in what remains the highest-scoring game of this season's group stage. The Reds trailed 3-2 with 23 minutes to go, but two goals from substitute Jonjo Shelvey helped give them victory in the first meeting between these clubs.

• Young Boys lost to Tottenham Hotspur FC in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League play-offs, their only previous encounter with English opponents. They won 3-2 in the first leg in Berne, but three goals from former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch helped Spurs win the return leg 4-0.

• Liverpool's record in nine games against Swiss sides now reads W6 D2 L1 (W3 D1 L0 at home - W3 D1 L1 in Switzerland). Their only defeat against Swiss opponents came at Servette FC in September 1971, and they are now unbeaten in eight games against Swiss clubs.

Match background
• A 3-2 defeat by Udinese Calcio on matchday two was Liverpool's first loss in 14 European home games, and ended a run of 17 home games unbeaten in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League (qualifiers included).

• They made some amends by beating Anji 1-0 in their most recent European game at Anfield.

• Young Boys have won two of their five European away games this season, prevailing 3-0 at FC Midtjylland and 3-2 at Udinese either side of a 2-0 loss away against Anji.

Team facts
• Young Boys' Raúl Bobadilla is the second-highest scorer in the group stage with four goals, one adrift of the competition's top marksman, SSC Napoli's Edinson Cavani.

• Liverpool have had two notable Swiss players: defenders Stéphane Henchoz (1999-05) and Philipp Degen (2008-10). Henchoz is remembered particularly fondly, having helped the Reds to win a treble of the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in 2000/01.

• Young Boys' right-back Scott Sutter was born in England, and played youth team football for Millwall FC, Barnet FC, Aston Villa FC and Charlton Athletic FC before moving to his father's home country and starting his professional career with Grasshopper-Club.

• Young Boys' Canadian winger Josh Simpson started his career in England, representing Millwall FC from 2004-06.

• Brendan Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager at the end of the 2011/12 season, having won promotion to the Premier League with Swansea City AFC and led the Welsh club to a comfortable mid-table finish in their first campaign back in the top flight. Born in Northern Ireland, he had to end his playing career at 20 due to a knee condition, but made his name as a coach with Watford FC and Reading FC. He is coaching in Europe for the first time this term.

• Capped five times by Switzerland, Young Boys coach Martin Rueda was a defender for Grasshoppers, FC Wettingen 93, FC Luzern and Neuchâtel Xamax FC before moving into coaching. He took charge of Young Boys in 2012 following a two-year spell with FC Lausanne-Sport, in which his side reached the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Last updated: 19/11/12 14.21CET

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