Photos: Brendan Rodgers all smiles as Liverpool train ahead of Turkey trip

Steven Gerrard and Mamadou Sakho remain doubts for Liverpool's game in Istanbul on Thursday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Brendan Rodgers appeared relaxed as the Liverpool squad trained ahead of their trip to Turkey on Thursday night.

The Reds were 1-0 winners against Besiktas in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 clash at Anfield last week.

Daniel Sturridge trained with his Liverpool team-mates after he started from the bench for Sunday’s 2-0 win against Southampton at St Mary’s.

However, Reds captain Steven Gerrard was a noticeable absentee as the 34-year-old midfielder continues to nurse a niggling hamstring problem.

Liverpool centre-half Mamadou Sakho is another doubt for the Merseyside outfit ahead of the journey to Turkey after he missed the trip to the Saints.

The 18-time English champions walked away as Champions League winners the last time they played at the Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium.

The sides also met in the 2007/08 Champions League group stage, with Besiktas beating the Reds 2-1 in Istanbul before crashing 8-0 to Rafael Benítez’s men at Anfield.

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