Lee braced for Vienna contest

Liverpool assistant manager Sammy Lee believes there’s no such thing as a friendly when the Reds are involved, ahead of tomorrow’s pre-season encounter with Rapid Vienna.

After being held to a goalless draw in Switzerland by St. Gallen in midweek, Liverpool continue their preparations for the 2009/10 campaign with a visit to the Austrian capital before they fly out for a mini-tour of South East Asia.

Lee told the club’s official web site, ‘œThere is no such thing as a friendly game as far as Liverpool are concerned. Everyone wants to beat Liverpool Football Club. We were fully briefed on St Gallen – we had DVDs on them – and it’ll be the same at the weekend. You always have to do your homework.’

Lee added that he was happy the Reds got their first run-out against St Gallen on Wednesday night and they took a lot from the game.

He continued, ‘œIt’s always difficult in the first game, and we wanted to give everyone 45 minutes. We got a lot out of the game. They started their preparations before us and played their first league game on Saturday when they got a good win over Basel, so we knew they would be ahead of us in terms of fitness. So, we equipped ourselves very well. There’s always positives and negatives to be taken from every training session – and that’s what we consider this game to be.’

Rapid Vienna vs Liverpool gets underway at 6:15pm (UK) at the Ernst Happel Stadium on Sunday evening.