Sparta Prague v Liverpool: Big Match Preview

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Sparta: Blazek; Kusnir, Repka, Brabec, Pamic; Achille Biholong, Matejovsky, Vacek, Keric; Kweuke, Kadlec
Subs: Zitka, Podany, Sionko, Bondoa, Zeman, Husek, Pekhart

Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Kygiakos, Wilson, Aurelio, Maxi, Lucas, Meierels; Kuyt, Ngog
Subs: Gulasci, Cole, Pachecho, Jovanovic, Kelly, Coady, Skrtel

Dalglish excited by European tie


Liverpool travel to Prague tonight in their Europa League last-32 tie, with manager Kenny Dalglish taking charge of his first ever European fixture.

The Scot missed out on the chance to manage the Reds in Europe after the Heysel Stadium tragedy of 1985 - something he sincerely regrets.

"Heysel was a terrible tragedy," said Dalglish.

"For so many people to lose their lives at a football game was appalling and it was right that somebody was punished.

"We just wish the ban had never happened, because that would have meant Heysel had never happened, and it would have been better for everyone if it never happened, and it would have been the wishes of every single person.

"But we are where we are and that is what happened, and that is the punishment we had to take.

"I never regret that. I regret more what happened at Heysel than not managing Liverpool in Europe.

"I have the chance to come round again, there's a lot of people don't get a second chance after something like that happens."


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