TOMMY SMITH: All hands needed on the Kop deck for Liverpool FC to sink Atletico Madrid

By Tommy Smith on Apr 28, 10 07:37 AM in Columnists

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IT'S by now a very familiar battlecry. But once again it's time to issue it.

'Will all Kopites please report for duty at Anfield tomorrow night and scare the hell out of Atletico Madrid'!

Of course, Liverpool fans don't really need asking when it comes to big European nights when the stakes are high. They'll be out there in full voice to make sure the Spaniards know they'll be facing 12 men - not 11 - as they try and defend a 1-0 lead in the Europa League semi final.


The lads have set it up nicely after an emphatic 4-0 victory over Burnley.

With Torres out and David Ngog and Dirk Kuyt battling injury - the good news was the return to top form of Steve Gerrard.

If there was a bit of luck with his first goal there was none of it in his second. You've got to be a top player to score a goal like that and it was well deserved too in a man of the match performance from the skipper.

It was even more pleasing to see given the evil rumours Steven and his family have had to put up with over the last week or so. However unfounded these things are they can upset and anger players but Stevie has handled it superbly and with the disdain it deserves. Good for him.

Clearly Atletico will have a hell of a job on their hands trying to contain him tomorrow.

Okay, this is not the Champions League but there are only two European cups on offer every season so let's get together - fans and players - and keep our hopes of lifting it alive.

This was the first European trophy Liverpool ever won - I remember Shanks saying in many ways it was harder to win then than the European Cup because there were more teams in it.

I was very proud to lift it as captain in 1973 - just as Steven would be too if we can pull it off this time.

So get to your action stations, everyone!

Stop insulting Liverpool FC over Sunday's Chelsea game

I'VE been throwing one or two papers down in disgust (not the Echo, obviously) on reading claims that Liverpool might not try to beat Chelsea this Sunday.

Okay, no-one likes to see United winning the league but no true Liverpool fan wants anyone to win the title other than Liverpool.

To suggest the lads won't want to win is an insult to the club and the supporters, because no one ever comes to Anfield and gets an easy ride. Not deliberately, anyway.

If we beat Chelsea and United win the league then so be it. We've still won more European trophies than them so it's not the end of the world.

We've also got a slight chance yet of making fourth spot so we've lots to play for ourselves. Even if we didn't, the approach would be the same.

It's always dangerous for fans of any club to start rejoicing in the failure of others rather than the success of their own team and our fans know that. Of course United are our deadliest rivals and we love seeing them lose. And vice versa. But that's just a sideshow.

Seeing Liverpool Football Club, which dominated everyone including United for decades, triumph is all that matters.

Chelsea will be a tough game - but we'll go all out to win it. Suggesting otherwise is ridiculous.

Welcome home Rushie

GREAT to see Ian Rush back on the books at Anfield, even if we all wish he was back in his boots as well! He's a top guy as well as a true legend - and the more we have people who understand the club, care about it and have something to offer these days, the better. Welcome home Rushie!

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