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The trip to Stadion Galgenwaard.

FC Utrecht's Stadium

European nights are often enjoyable nights for any travelling Reds fan, and it’s somewhat given that Liverpool FC enjoys their European trips more than anything.

Make no mistake, this is a very important game, not just in terms of footballing and financial reasons but also in terms of personal vindication for Liverpool’s modest manager and modest attacking frontline.

Well, maybe mostly the manager’s.

12 games on, 6 victories, 3 draws and 3 defeats is an ordinary record for any manager to have on their CV for the first 6 weeks.

Indeed, it’s a slipshod indication that Roy Hodgson is turning out to be an ordinary manager after all.

In fact, he’s turning out to be an extraordinarily ordinary, with an extraordinary team that’s made to perform ordinarily.

Ton Du Chatinier mentioned that he’s not afraid, as any respectable manager would and I’d expect Roy to feel the same, but something about his previous’ intent on sticking to a defensive line-up in away games tells me that I shouldn’t be too optimistic for a 4-3-3 line-up that boasts of Babel, Torres and Kuyt upfront.

I’m probably dreaming if I ever see them three in a 4-3-3 forward line-up.

A dream that I’d long for, but one that FC Utrecht wouldn’t want to see.

Sure Celtic were disposed off clinically, but we’re talking about Liverpool here. Then again, if Northampton can do it (so what if it’s a second team then), then anyone can do it, and FC Utrecht will need no other motivation to do well in front of their 25,000  home fans and in their first ever European encounter with an English team.

As for Liverpool FC, I don’t know what motivates the team anymore.

It don’t seem to be the manager, it’s definitely not the owner, and it’s disappointingly not the new signings as well.

Oh heck, for the club’s sake, I just wish that the players will simply start enjoying the beautiful game itself, that is to pass smoothly, play with each other and simply run for each other.

It’s been a while since they’re seen enjoying a string of decent passes, running around their opponent’s camp.

That’s right, stop trying too hard, and instead enjoy your football tonight, dear Reds.

It’s an European night after all.

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