Rafa Benitez wants Liverpool FC to make history in Fiorentina Champions League game
Sep 29 2009 by James Pearce, Liverpool Echo
RAFA BENITEZ has urged his Liverpool players to make history in tonight’s Champions League showdown with Fiorentina.
The Italians have never lost at home to English opposition with Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal having all failed to score at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
However, the manager insists he won’t rein in his high-scoring side and is going all out for victory to ensure the Reds take control of Group E.
“We know Fiorentina are strong at home and there will be a big atmosphere here,” he said.
“They are well organised and play good football. They have players in attack with quality and pace.
“They are a top side and we know they will be dangerous.
“But we are scoring a lot of goals and want to continue in this way.
“We will be positive and if we can win this second game it will be fantastic.
“It’s always really important to start well in this competition.
“We don’t want to be in the position we were in two years ago when we slipped up and then had to fight hard in every single group game.”
Liverpool will have to do without Javier Mascherano after the Argentinean suffered a hamstring injury in training.
As a result Steven Gerrard is set to continue in the centre of midfield alongside Lucas Leiva, with Dirk Kuyt playing just behind Fernando Torres.
“When Javier was shooting he felt something in his hamstring,” Benitez said.