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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.
• 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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