Liverpool news

Roy Hodgson ready for 'special' Anfield night

August 5, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is looking forward to his first "special" night at Anfield as he takes charge of his new club on home soil for the first time.

Roy Hodgson on the sidelines
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Liverpool entertain Rabotnicki in the second leg of their Europa League third qualifying round clash, which they lead 2-0 after the first game a week ago.

Hodgson, though, knows that the bread and butter of the Premier League and a date with Arsenal on August 15 will provide a different kind of debut.

"I am looking forward to tonight and it would be foolhardy to say anything other than your first game at Anfield as manager will be a special occasion," he said. "It will be equally as special, if not more so for the first Premier League game because, with respect to Rabotnicki, it is not quite the same as Liverpool versus Arsenal.

"I am lucky in that I will have a mini debut followed by a full debut and I am looking forward to it. But I don't think there is any danger of complacency; I'm a new manager so the players have to impress on my how good they are. It would surprise me if you got any complacent performances at Anfield.

"We need to be more fearful of anxiety rather than complacency and although anxiety won't be the case tonight in the future anxiety would worry me more than complacency.''

Meanwhile, Rabotnicki's supporters have been charged with improper conduct following the first leg. A statement on UEFA's website read: "UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has opened a disciplinary case against FK Rabotnicki for the improper conduct of supporters during their UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first-leg match against Liverpool FC on 29 July in Skopje, FYR Macedonia. The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on Thursday 19 August."

Pictures emerged from Liverpool's win over the Macedonian side in Skopje of supporters directing monkey taunts towards the English side's players.