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Penalty Gives Braga 1-0 Victory

Carroll impressed the fans...
It was another drab performance in the Europa League for Liverpool and as much as we all try to, it was hard to find a positive from such a game. The main excitement was the chance to see Andy Carroll again and thankfully the Geordie did get some game time.

Braga who have done well against Arsenal at their home ground of The Quarry before were well up for the task ahead of them. A lacklustre Liverpool struggled to find strength in attack with Luis Suarez ineligible and Steven Gerrard out injured. The missing link in midfield despite Meireles' best supporting efforts meant that Dirk Kuyt was a shadow of the player that jogged out against United.

A decision just before 20minutes was the only real highlight of the whole game. Braga were awarded a penalty after a poorly timed challenge from Sotirios Kyrgiakos, perhaps an unneeded one too. Alan converted for the home side despite Pepe Reina diving in the right direction.

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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 fli…