Guidolin hails 'great' Liverpool team

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Francesco Guidolin says it would be "extraordinary" if Udinese upset Liverpool at Anfield in the Europa League tonight.

The Serie A side have won only one game in all competitions this season - a 2-1 victory against nine-man AC Milan - and drew their group opener with Anzhi Makhachkala 1-1.

Liverpool have started the season similarly, picking up their first Premier League three points with an emphatic 5-2 victory over Norwich City last weekend.

In Europe, though, Brendan Rodgers' side sit top of the group following an impressive 5-3 trouncing of Swiss outfit BSC Young Boys' in Bern, and will be looking to maintain their positive start at Anfield this evening.

"The atmosphere will certainly be impressive and the lads might not be accustomed to that kind of pressure-cooker atmosphere," noted Guidolin. "Still, I think our focus ought to be on Liverpool, who are a great team. After all, atmosphere is all well and good, but the games are played on the pitch.

"Liverpool haven't had the best start to the season, but that is because they are settling in to a new way of playing with a new coach who did very well at Swansea last year.

"They paid a price for those big changes, but I have to focus on my own squad and what my players can do."

Guidolin also confirmed he will be forced to rotate his squad, so it will by no means be a full-strength Udinese XI on show in Merseyside. But, it should still prove to be an entertaining Europa League encounter.

"Unfortunately, the fixture list forces that decision upon me," added the Italian. "We are playing seven games in 21 days.

"I'll make a few adjustments, but not too many, because we want to do well. Getting a result here would certainly be extraordinary and important for our confidence."

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