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Liverpool geared up for French exchange

Published: Sunday 22 October 2006, 21.45CET
A place in the last 16 could await Liverpool FC should they maintain their fine record against French visitors when FC Girondins de Bordeaux come to Anfield.

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Published: Sunday 22 October 2006, 21.45CET

Liverpool geared up for French exchange

A place in the last 16 could await Liverpool FC should they maintain their fine record against French visitors when FC Girondins de Bordeaux come to Anfield.

After winning in France, Liverpool FC welcome FC Girondins de Bordeaux to Anfield aiming to confirm their progress to the knockout stages. A second victory against Bordeaux, coupled with a win for PSV Eindhoven against Galatasaray SK in Group C's other match, would do just that although a draw would be enough should PSV prevail.

• Liverpool lead PSV on goals scored at the top of the group after making it seven points from three matches with a 1-0 win at Bordeaux on 18 October. Peter Crouch headed the only goal in the 58th minute, following up his double in the 3-2 win against Galatasaray on Matchday 2, as Ricardo Gomes' side suffered a second successive UEFA Champions League home defeat after a 1-0 reverse against PSV.

• Both matches on Matchday 1, between PSV and Liverpool and Galatasaray and Bordeaux, finished scoreless. The results leave Bordeaux bottom of the section with just one point and not a single goal scored. Three points at Liverpool would revive their hopes but a draw would be insufficient should PSV defeat Galatasaray.

Home help
• History as well as current form suggests a tough assignment awaits the Ligue 1 side. Liverpool's record from seven past home meetings with French opposition is impressive, with six wins and one draw.

• The most famous was the first, against AS Saint-Etienne in the 1976/77 European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-final. En route to their first continental crown, Liverpool came from a goal down to win 3-1 on the night, 3-2 on aggregate.

• Bordeaux have not won any of their five past matches against English opponents and their two previous journeys across the Channel have proved fruitless: the Girondins lost 1-0 at Aston Villa FC in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup first round and 2-0 at Manchester United FC in the 1999/00 UEFA Champions League second group stage.

Anfield old boy
• Bordeaux midfielder Vladimír Šmicer was one of the heroes of Liverpool's 2004/05 UEFA Champions League triumph. The former Czech international made 23 appearances for the Merseysiders in the competition and played a pivotal role as a substitute in their remarkable final victory against AC Milan in May 2005.

• A 23rd-minute replacement for Harry Kewell, Šmicer struck the second goal of Liverpool's famous fightback and also converted a penalty in the concluding shoot-out. After six years at Anfield, it was his final appearance.

• Bordeaux coach Ricardo has got the better of Liverpool in the past. He was in charge of the Paris Saint-Germain FC side that beat the Reds in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals, winning 3-0 in the first leg in Paris to set up a 3-2 aggregate success.

• Liverpool's 1-0 win in Bordeaux made it a hat-trick of victories for manager Rafael Benítez against the French team. As coach of Valencia CF, he oversaw two 2-1 triumphs in the 2003/04 UEFA Cup quarter-finals.

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