Liverpool host Turkish giants Besiktas in the first-leg of their Last 32 Europa League tie…
When: Thursday February 19th, 8:05 pm
Where: Anfield, Liverpool, England
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Liverpool will be looking to continue their impressive momentum on Thursday, as they welcome Besiktas to Anfield in the first knockout round of the Europa League. The Reds have lost just one of their last 16 games in all competitions, and that came after extra time.
The Turkish side will be looking to avoid a repeat of the last meeting between the two sides, which saw them beaten 8-0 – a Champions League record. Slaven Bilic’s side caused problems for Arsenal earlier this season however, and are not to be underestimated.
Besiktas currently sit top of their domestic league table, a point better off than Fenerbahce. Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba has scored 13 times in 17 league games this term, and will be looking to cause more problems at Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers’ side will have to cope without Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva – who remain sidelined through injury – while Lazar Markovic begins a controversial four-match suspension. Raheem Sterling is also a doubt, and faces a late fitness test.