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Liverpool 0 Utrecht 0

The Reds drew their final group game of this Europa league stage in what was a very dull encounter with Dutch side FC Utrecht.

The Reds were already guaranteed top spot in the league and Utrecht were guaranteed to be knocked out so there was nothing riding on the game at all. The club had encouraged kids to come along by offering free tickets with just one paying adult so that helped to swell the attendance considerably.

The potential sighting of Fernando Torres was only on the bench for the young kids as a much changed side took to the Anfield pitch. Martin Skrtel was made captain as Brad Jones got a rare run out.

That sadly is about as exciting as it got though. Utrecht fans were in party mood as they had been all day throughout the city centre but none of that transferred itself on to the pitch. The visitors wore what I can only describe as a horrible coloured black and orange kit and looked nothing special on the pitch - but then again neither did we.

A dead rubber of a game turned in to a dull and tedious affair with the Reds managing to muster two shots on target all game. It all makes for a very hard report to write.

Milan Jovanovic cut inside in the first half and rattle a shot off the bar whilst Danny Wilson sent a header in to the Kop. Brad Jones had a quiet night of it with the away side only just managing one more shot on target than us.

The away side were forced in to a change just before half time when their star man was pole axed in a challenge with Wilson. The Dutchman went off on a stretcher having hardly moved.

The second half saw the Reds make a switch with Kyrgiakos taking the armband as he replaced Skrtel in what was clearly a planned move. Dani Pacheco replaced Nathan Eccleston eleven minutes in to the half and to be fair to Pacheco he tried hard to create things in his time on the pitch but sadly he was always running twice as fast as the other Reds so was often left with nothing to hit when he got the ball.

Pacheco did manage to hit the target with a shot in the second half although the keeper did save with some ease.

The only other noteworthy mention goes to Dirk Kuyt who came off the bench and was applauded on by both home and away fans. Kuyt played for many years at Utrecht and they clearly loved him so that was a nice touch. It also gave most people an excuse to exercise their arms and wake up a bit too. Some bloke near me got cramp in his leg through the second half because he'd got stuck for so long between the seats and nothing to get moving for.

The ref tried to prolong it for as long as he could when he added three extra minutes to the match - by which time the ground was emptying quite a bit. Even he had to blow for time though eventually and it's on to the league game with Fulham whilst awaiting the draw for the knock-out stages of this competition.

MotM : Martin Kelly - worked hard up and down the line and also defended really well. Danny Wilson also had a really solid game at centre back and cope well with different partners in the game as well.

Liverpool 1 Jones, 34 Kelly, 37 Skrtel (16 Kyrgiakos 45), 22 Wilson, 6 Aurelio, 14 Jovanovic (18 Kuyt 73), 28 Poulsen, 33 Shelvey, 10 Cole, 39 Eccleston (12 Pacheco 56), 19 Babel
Unused Subs 41 Hansen, 9 Torres, 4 Meireles, 2 Johnson
Bookings Eccleston (6)
Red Cards
Shirt Worn Home-Red
Manager Roy Hodgson

1 Vorm, 2 Cornelisse, 22 Keller, 29 Wuytens, 3 Nesu, 7 Duplan (10 Oar 71), 8 Silberbauer, 27 Nijholt, 11 Mertens, 18 Maguire (30 Sarota 84), 9 Van Wolfswinkel (47 de Kogel 44)
Unused Subs 31 Cummins, 14 Van der Maarel, 25 Vorstermans
Shirt Worn Black and Orange
Manager Ton du Chatinier

Referee Kristinn Jakobsson  Iceland  
Att 37800
Venue Anfield
Kick Off Wednesday - 20:05:00
Date 2010-12-15 
HT/FT DD   (0-0)/0-0
Competition Europa League   Group

Match Stats

Liverpool   Utrecht
48% Possession 52%
2 Shots On Target 3
3 Shots Off Target 3
0 Blocked Shots 0
3 Corners 5
11 Fouls 6
1 Offsides 0
1 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

Match Programme

Programme Price 3

Match number 28 of the season

European Match number 10 of the season

European Match number 324 of all time

Fairs/UEFA/Europa League Match number 113 of all time

Match number 5232 of all time (excludes war time matches and Friendly/Testimonials)

Match number 2 against Utrecht

Home Match number 1 against Utrecht

Cup Match number 2 against Utrecht

Home Cup Match number 1 against Utrecht