Former West Ham defender, Tomas Repka, believes his new club Sparta Prague can overcome Liverpool in the last 32 of the Europa League, as Liverpool aren’t near the threat they were when he played in England.
Repka, who is now Sparta’s captain, spent five years at Upton Park and played them four time, losing three times and drawing once.
Liverpool will play a tricky first leg away in the Czech Republic, and are currently on a six game unbeaten run.
Despite the return of Kenny Dalglish as manager, it’s former player Fernando Torres that Repka is disappointed about not playing, after his £50million transfer to Chelsea.
“Although they are pretty strong, when I was there (England) Liverpool not only were they strong but they appeared in the Champions League and the number of big names was larger than today,” he said.
“Our young players won’t be overawed. Although there is some respect for the opposition – which they have earned – I don’t think there is too much time for much humility or being scared.
“I was looking forward to a confrontation with Torres but it will be okay. I hope to improve my record against Liverpool.
“We are going into it full-bloodedly and there is no space for fear. You don’t play such kind of game every day, so we want to enjoy it.
“We must equal them in organisation of play, resistance and fighting spirit. Other important attributes will be our determination and concentration. Only with these attributes can we succeed.”
Sparta boss Jozef Chovanec is pleased that both Gerrard and Agger will miss the tie through injuries, but still see’s his side as underdogs as Liverpool have other dangerous players in their ranks.
“Liverpool are a strong side and I don’t think the absence of one player can have an impact on the team,” he remarked.
“We knew from the beginning that Liverpool were definitely one of the strongest sides we could end up with.
“We are facing very tough opposition indeed but we purposely chose good teams in our preparations to make it as competitive as possible.
“We are looking forward to tomorrow’s match very much because we worked hard to get as far as this knockout stage.”