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PSV chase consolation prize

The main business may already be decided in Group D but Liverpool FC have their sights on first place in the section while PSV Eindhoven still have a chance of securing a UEFA Cup berth when the teams meet on Matchday 6.

PSV coach Huub Stevens is aiming to capture the UEFA Cup berth
PSV coach Huub Stevens is aiming to capture the UEFA Cup berth ©Getty Images

The main business may already be decided but PSV Eindhoven and Liverpool FC both have something to play for when the teams meet in the Netherlands in their concluding fixture in Group D.

• Liverpool qualified for the last 16 for the fifth consecutive season when they beat Olympique de Marseille 1-0 on 26 November and they now travel to Eindhoven with the goal of overtaking Club Atlético de Madrid at the section summit.

• The leading pair are tied on eleven points and with their two head-to-head meetings both finishing 1-1, Atlético lead the group courtesy of a better goal difference. To overtake them, Liverpool must either better their Spanish rivals' result at Marseille, or in the event of the sides securing the same outcome, record a better scoreline to overturn their present one-goal deficit.

• Should goal difference and then goals scored fail to separate the qualified teams, the final standings would be determined by coefficient ranking. Thus, if all other factors were equal, Liverpool (with a coefficient of 118.996) would finish ahead of Atlético (36.837).

• PSV's 2-1 defeat at Atlético in their last outing confirmed their elimination from the UEFA Champions League but they could yet secure third place and UEFA Cup entry, as they did last season. The Dutch champions 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.

• PSV need one point to avoid registering their worst haul at this stage of the UEFA Champions League. In a run of eleven successive seasons of competing in the first group stage they have never managed fewer than four points – their total in the 1999/00 campaign. The Eredivisie side collected just one point in the 1992/93 group phase but that came at the last-eight stage of the competition.

• Liverpool, by contrast, will record their highest points' total in the group stage if they win in the Netherlands.

• 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 Benítez's team before Danny Koevermans (78) struck a late consolation.

• PSV are still seeking a first win against Liverpool at the sixth attempt. Liverpool also possess an unbeaten away record in this season's competition and have lost just once in eleven past encounters with Dutch clubs.

• PSV have recorded a win and a loss from their two Group D home matches and will want to avoid a repeat of the last time they entertained the Anfield club, which yielded a 3-0 Liverpool triumph in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League quarter-final.

• The two clubs had never met until that campaign, when they faced each other four times. In the group stage they played out a goalless draw in Eindhoven on Matchday 1 before Liverpool won the return fixture 2-0 through goals from Gerrard (65) and Peter Crouch (89).

• The teams then faced off again in the last eight and Liverpool effectively settled the outcome in the first leg in the Netherlands where they won through goals from Gerrard (27), John Arne Riise (49) and Crouch (63).

• The lineups for that contest on 3 April 2007 were:
PSV: Heurelho Gomes, Jan Kromkamp (Csaba Fehér), Manuel Da Costa, Timmy Simons, Carlos Salcido, Edison Méndez (Patrick Kluivert), Mika Väyrynen, Phillip Cocu, Jason Culina, Jefferson Farfán (Sun Xiang), Diego Tardelli.
Liverpool: Pepe Reina, Steve Finnan, Daniel Agger, Jamie Carragher, John Arne Riise (Boudewijn Zenden), Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Fábio Aurélio (Mark González), Dirk Kuyt, Peter Crouch (Jermaine Pennant).

• Crouch hit the only goal of the return at Anfield on what proved a night to forget for PSV's Dirk Marcellis, sent off on his tournament debut.

• Liverpool's only defeat against Dutch opposition came in their first ever meeting when they went down 5-1 at AFC Ajax in the 1966/67 European Champion Clubs' Cup second round. They are undefeated in ten subsequent games with an overall record on Dutch soil of W2 D2 L1.

• 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 a Tottenham side featuring Liverpool forward Keane.

• PSV's overall home record against English opposition is: P14 W5 D5 L4.

• Liverpool striker Fernando Torres scored past PSV goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson when Spain defeated Sweden 2-1 in Innsbruck in Group D at UEFA EURO 2008™.

• PSV full-back Jan Kromkamp spent the second half of 2005/06 with Liverpool after joining from Villarreal CF. He made 17 appearances, including the FA Cup final win against West Ham United FC, but in the UEFA Champions League was an unused substitute for the 2006/07 third qualifying round games against Maccabi Haifa FC before moving back to his homeland with PSV.

• As a PSV player, coach Huub Stevens had mixed fortunes against English clubs, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in a UEFA Cup tie in 1980/81, but losing out in the same competition to both Nottingham Forest FC (1983/84) and Manchester United FC (1984/85).

• As a coach, Stevens oversaw home wins for FC Schalke 04 against Arsenal FC in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League group stage and for Hertha BSC Berlin against Fulham FC in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup third round.

• The draw for the first knockout round will take place at 12.00CET on Friday 19 December at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Group winners will be paired against runners-up from different sections with the second-placed teams playing the first leg at home. Clubs from the same associations cannot be drawn together.