Istanbul return brings back the greatest memories

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Kenny Dalglish is expecting his Liverpool players to be inspired when the club makes a return to Istanbul later today.

The Reds are back in the city of one of their greatest triumph, six years after the miraculous comeback victory against AC Milan in the Champions League final.

Whilst the majority of players in the squad may be different, 'King Kenny' thinks it's a trip the whole club can look forward to when thinking back to their penalty shoot-out victory.

“It’s a great game for us and everyone is looking forward to it,” said Dalglish ahead of tonight's clash against Galatasaray.

“It’s a shame we’re not playing at the Ataturk as that stadium will always have a special place in everyone’s hearts, but everyone has great memories of Istanbul after what was achieved here back in 2005.

"That was a fantastic achievement."


Whilst tonight's match at the Turk Telekom Arena is a friendly, Dalglish is eager to see an improvement from his side following the 3-0 defeat against Hull City last weekend.

With two games coming up in a short space of time, the Reds boss is eager to give his players as many minutes on the pitch as possible, and expects the matches to be a good workout for his side.

“This game is only a friendly but we will try to get the maximum we can out of the game. We’re playing at a new stadium and Galatasaray will pose a decent test for us.”

“We’ve got two games in the space of a few days and the players need to get more minutes in than they’ve had so far. But we will do whatever the situation dictates and we won’t leave players on longer than needed just for the sake of it.”

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