Hup Liverpool Hup

"Ere boss dyer know what way it is?" ... "Of course it's just down there..."
"Are yer sure?... Av Utrecht?"
Hahaha... Okay, i'll stop with the puns.

Liverpool are in the Netherlands for tomorrow nights Europa League fixture against Utrecht and if anyone is going to know the way to the nearest bar it will be former Utrecht star man Mr. Dirk Kuyt, he spent 5 years playing for the Dutch side and still owes his career to them after they gave him a chance to play on a professional level.

Dirk Kuyt hopefully however won't be the only traveller who knows a lot about the opposition with Roy Hodgson having to choose a side and tactics carefully as Liverpool look to keep their 100% record so far in the competition.

Hodgson has named the likes of Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina, Jamie Carragher, Glen Johnson, Joe Cole & Raul Meireles to name just a few in his 20 man squad. Steven Gerrard however has been rested and there is no Daniel Agger or Fabio Aurelio due to injury. Konchesky will also miss out after he had to end his game early against Sunderland on the weekend. His injury isn't believed to be too serious.

For those of us that know little if not anything about the opposition then i shall attempt to give you the low down in the next couple of paragraphs.

Utrecht are a relatively new club in the footballing world and weren't founded until 1970 when three clubs merged together - DOS, Velox and Elinkwijk. They have won the league once but as it was back in 1958 when they were under the name DOS, many fans of football do not class the victory as fully legitimate. They have however won three Dutch cups, two of which they won on the bounce in 2003 and 2004.

Under the name Utrecht they have never been relegated from the top division in the Netherlands, last season they finished in 7th place with a total of 60 goals scored. Currently they are perched in 12th with 9 points after 7 games.

From a quick scan through the internet Utrecht appear to have made a lot of new signings especially in the attacking section of their side. Ricky van Wolfswinkel though (don't try saying that when you're pissed!) is still with the side and with 18 goals in 38 appearances since 2009.

The Dutch side also has some talented players in midfield and i assume will play to the effect similar to the national side with a lot of play down the wings.

After Liverpool's rather disastrous week including a League Cup exit and a rather drab draw with Sunderland it is clear what kind of result us kopites are requesting. Thing is, there appears to be a pattern being created now, despite a confident 4-1 win over Steaua, the steam ran out just at the wrong time in a tough but promising clash with Manchester United.

Despite an uplifting win over Trabzonspor after being hammered by Man City three days earlier we could only muster a rather embarrassing 1-0 win over yo-yoers West Bromwich Albion.

I don't know about you but it's beginning to feel as though Roy is the man with a plan in this Europa League that he did so well with Fulham in, but as my praises rise for his European performances, my concerns grow stronger after our following league games.

This time out what we want to see is a nice away win tomorrow night and then an absolute rout in the game against Blackpool. If anything will give our torrid season a boost then the chance to take is against a side like Blackpool.

Anyway, all that talk is for Saturday's preview and Sunday's report.

I have to feel confident in Liverpool over the low seeded side in our group, let's just hope the lads can go over there and continue their brilliant European form.

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