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MIDO'S MISSION

Posted on 15 January 2006  - 12:00

Mido is hoping he can go out with a bang before heading off to the African Nations Cup in what is likely to be his first appearance at Anfield.

Mido is hoping he can go out with a bang before heading off to the African Nations Cup in what is likely to be his first appearance at Anfield.

The Egyptian striker has visited the home of Liverpool before, but was an unused substitute in Marseille's UEFA Cup clash back in March 2004. He did not feature for us in last season's 2-2 draw at Anfield.

"It is a big game and Liverpool are doing well with what is a strong team," considered Mido. "If we can get a positive result it will be great for us.

"I have been to Anfield before and was on the bench there for Marseille.

"If I play it will be the first time I have started away to Liverpool. I have lived the atmosphere before but haven't come on, I think it is a great stadium to visit."

Mido is familiar with Liverpool's Spanish contingent having spent a period on loan at Celta Vigo and has particular recollection of a fixture against Real Sociedad, for who Xabi Alonso was playing at the time.

"I played against Alonso when he was at Sociedad and I scored. If they had won they would have been champions, but I scored and I think it must be a bad memory for them.

"Rafa Benitez is a great manager, I think, one of the best. Fernando Morientes is a top striker and the Spanish players seem to have settled into English football very well," he added, before stating his belief that both teams are much more into their stride than they were for the last meeting of the two at the Lane in September, a game which finished goalless.

"We are stronger and they are stronger - so it will be a better game for sure. It will be about tactics, spirit and who wants to win the game more. We want to win it so we will give everything to win the three points. If we get one that would be a good result as well."

It will be Mido's final appearance for us before he departs for African Nations duty in his home country and he is seeking to mark the occasion with the parting gift of a goal.

"I hope I can score, I am in good form and I feel I can score at the moment if I get the opportunity."