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Liverpool await Europa League draw

16/12/2010
Liverpool saw out a dull 0-0 draw at Anfield in their final group match in the Europa League.

The Reds took on FC Utrecht last night in a lacklustre match. With Liverpool already through to the knock phase of the tournament and FC Utrecht unable to qualify, the match was a dull affair with nothing to play for.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson fielded a second string team revealing that he had been persuaded by medical staff not to risk star players such as Fernando Torres.

Shots at goal were few and far between with Milan Jovanovic coming close for Liverpool with a stunning 30 yard strike rattling the Utrecht crossbar.

Liverpool striker Joe Cole failed to capitalise on chances and struggled to make an impression as he looks for fitness and form after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Neither team showed any real desire to win the match. Liverpool introduced 19 year old debutant Nathan Eccleston who showed the energy and drive both teams lacked but the promising young strikers efforts were in vain as a draw seemed the only likely outcome of this match.

Before the match Utrecht were told to enjoy their time at Anfield but their enjoyment wasn’t to last as their top scorer Ricky van Wolfswinkel felt awkwardly breaking his collar bone just before half time.

The loudest cheer of the night came when former Utrecht player Dirk Kuyt came on for Liverpool late in the second half. Kuyt failed to ignite the match with two more chances for Liverpool coming from Ryan Babel and Cole both to no avail.

Liverpool’s attention now turns to the draw for the knock stages which will be announced on Friday.

Alice Barker
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