Reds Travel To Portugal
Those of you who intently watched Euro 2004 will recognise Braga's fantastic stadium with one face being the wall of an old quarry...
Liverpool travel to Portugal tomorrow to face S.C. Braga in the Europa League. The Reds are still unbeaten in the competition and will surely look to continue that run with a good away result here to bring back to Anfield.
Braga are a sort of behind the pack team and regularly within the Portuguese League finish under the more famous clubs such as Porto, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon. However we shouldn't underestimate Braga who have beaten the likes of Celtic in their Champions League run before dropping down into this competition.
Liverpool will be without influential captain Steven Gerrard. A statement from the website was very vague this morning, no real information on the reasons why but he has not been included in the travelling side.
Andy Carroll is expected to make his first Liverpool start. An exciting time for anyone watching, after a flicker of what he can offer was on show against Manchester United a larger chunk of the 90minutes will surely kick start his Liverpool career.
We also know that Fabio Aurelio will be unavailable after he picked up a hamstring injury against United. Also still out are Shelvey and Kelly and there's still a doubt hanging over Daniel Agger.
Compared to our last fixture with Sparta Prague, personally i think this one is an easier test. Sparta Prague are a more experienced side in Europe so after successfully knocking them out hopefully we can put in a similar performance to see off S.C Braga.