Liverpool v Anzhi: Guus Hiddink backs the Reds to return to the top

Liverpool v Anzhi: Guus Hiddink backs the Reds to return to the top of English football "where they belong" despite a tough start

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Brendan Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager in May Photo: WBUR, via Flickr

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Guus Hiddink believes Liverpool will return to the top of English football “where they belong” ahead of Anzhi Makhachkala’s clash against the Reds at Anfield in the Europa League.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have endured a difficult start to their Premier League game with two victories in eight attempts and Liverpool were beaten 3-2 by Udinese at home in their last European outing.

The Anzhi boss, who was touted as a possible replacement for Rafael Benítez in 2010, is confident Rodgers will reverse the Reds’ fortunes, insisting the Merseyside outfit is too big a club to continue struggling.

“This season they have had a problematic start, but this is a huge institution – it will always recover,” said Hiddink.

“Liverpool will always resurrect and come up to the top where they belong.”

He added: “You have to realise that the Premier League is one of the leading leagues in the world of football.

“Although Liverpool are not in the top three at this moment, they have some experienced players and they are going for this competition and looking to go further in Europe.

“They are favourites and not us. I think Liverpool are the favourites in this group.”

Liverpool v Anzhi Makhachkala: Pre-match facts

• Liverpool’s seven previous games against Russian clubs ended W4 D1 L2, with the most recent of those matches the 2005 Uefa Super Cup, where the Reds beat CSKA Moscow 3-1 in Monaco.

• Anzhi’s 2-0 win against Young Boys on matchday two matched their biggest ever European home win, achieved against Vitesse in this season’s third qualifying round.

• Liverpool’s next goal will be their 550th in Uefa club competition – this is their 315th European game.

• Samuel Eto’o has been to Anfield before, featuring in a 1-0 win against Liverpool with Barcelona in the 2006-07 Champions League round of 16.


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