Roy Hodgson is hoping to become the first Liverpool manager since Bill Shankly in 1964-65 to oversee victories in each of his opening three European games in charge. Here are all the need-to-know stats for tonight’s clash with Trabzonspor.
Liverpool‘s European Record (overall): Pld 316 Won 180 Drawn 66 Lost 70
Liverpool‘s record in Fairs/UEFA Cup/Europa League: Pld 105 Won 59 Drawn 23 Lost 23
Liverpool are meeting Turkish opposition for the third time in five seasons having faced Galatasaray in 2006-07 and Besiktas in 2007-08.
Before tonight Liverpool had already used 20 different players in Europe in their opening two games. The record for a campaign is the 2001-02 season when 28 players appeared.
When scoring against FK Rabotnicki in the previous round Steven Gerrard became only the sixth Liverpool player in history to score in 12 successive seasons. The previous five were Billy Liddell (who scored in 15), Ronnie Whelan (14) and Jack Cox, Arthur Goddard and Emlyn Hughes who each netted in 12.
Of the eight previous games the Reds have played against Turkish teams they have won three and lost three.
Liverpool are unbeaten in four games against teams from Turkey at Anfield winning three and drawing the other.
Only six players have scored more European goals for Liverpool than Dirk Kuyt. He has 13 and is the highest scorer of all the Reds overseas players.
Steven Gerrard has now scored seven goals in this competition for Liverpool. Only Michael Owen (12), Dean Saunders (9) and John Toshack (8) have scored more.
The biggest victory by any team in the Champions League is still Liverpool’s 8-0 victory over Turkish side Besiktas in 2007.
Roy Hodgson is aiming to become only the second manager to reach the final of this competition in its many guises with three different clubs equalling Sven Goran Eriksson with Gothenburg, Lazio and Benfica
He would also become the first Englishman to manage three different teams in any European final.
David Ngog has scored six European goals in five games in which the Reds have won all five.
The Reds have won all five of their home games in the re-vamped Europa League scoring 12 goals in the process.
Trabzonspor’s European Record (overall): Pld 81 Won 31 Drawn 18 Lost 32
Trabzonspor’s record in UEFA Cup / Europa League: Pld 42 Won 16 Drawn 11 Lost 15
Coach Senol Gunes was in goal for Trabzonspor in the European Cup clash with Liverpool in 1976-77 keeping a clean sheet in the home first leg.
Last season they were beaten at this stage by Toulouse 3-2 on aggregate. They lost 3-1 at home with their only goal coming from former Liverpool defender Rigobert Song but won in France thanks to a second half strike from Ceyhun.
They qualified for the Europa League by beating Fenerbahce 3-1 in the Cup final. It was their eighth success in the competition.
Last season they finished fifth in the league, 28 points behind surprise winners Bursaspor who became only the second team from outside of Istanbul to lift the title. Trabzonspor were the first.
Earlier this month they defeated Bursaspor 3-0 in the Ataturk Stadium to lift the Turkish Super Cup with Teofilo Gutierrez grabbing a hat-trick.
Their biggest win in Europe was their 6-0 success over KS Vllasnia in the Inter Toto Cup in 2007 with their heaviest defeat being the 7-2 reverse at Barcelona in the 1990-91 Cup Winners Cup with Ronald Koeman scoring a hat-trick.
In their last 14 two-legged ties in Europe they have won through to the next round on only four occasions.
They have failed to score in only one of their last dozen European games.
Trabzonspor began their league campaign last Sunday with a 2-0 win at Ankaragucu. Teofilo Gutierrez scored both goals in the last 20 minutes.