Benitez has done his Debreceni homework

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Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says Hungarian side Debreceni aren’t as much as a mystery to him as they seem to everyone else, ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash at Anfield.

The Reds get their European campaign underway with the visit of Debreceni, who are playing in the competition for the first time and it’s the first time in fourteen years a Hungarian side has made it this far in the tournament.

When asked by reporters this morning on what to expect from Liverpool’s opponents, Benitez said, “We did not know too much that is obvious but we have been working hard, sending scouts to watch them and we have a lot of information now.

“They have a very good striker with pace and a second striker with good ability.

“The wingers and the full-backs join the attack really well and the midfield have a lot of energy.

“We will have to see what they are like against a top side like Liverpool to know what their real level is.”

The Spanish manager told press yesterday that the Premier League title is still the club’s priority, although he is still hoping to take the club to their third European Cup Final in five years.

He added, “The Champions League is always a massive competition for us. We are really pleased to be in it again and want to be involved as much as we can.

“It will be difficult but we will try to get the points we need to qualify early, so we can manage things in a different way.

“If it is possible, we would like to get to the final again.”

Liverpool vs Debreceni gets underway at 7.45pm tonight and it’s live on ITV1. Stay tuned to This Is Anfield for the rest of the day for more previews and team news.

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