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TEEMU'S CALL

Posted on 15 January 2006  - 12:00

Teemu Tainio reported he has opened the lines of communication with the opposition camp ahead of this weekend's big trip to Liverpool.

Teemu Tainio reported he has opened the lines of communication with the opposition camp ahead of this weekend's big trip to Liverpool.

The midfielder has been in touch with his big friend and countryman Sami Hyypia during preparations for the clash between the 3rd and 4th placed teams in the Barclays Premiership.

It is a fixture that means a lot to the Finn, who grew up surrounded by Liverpool supporters in his homeland, plus the fact his former club Auxerre - with Hyypia on the scoresheet - came off second best to Liverpool in a UEFA Cup clash in 2003.

"There are ten of my friends coming to watch this game and they are all Liverpool fans - we must show them what we can do," insisted the energetic midfielder.

"I have played there against Liverpool in the UEFA Cup and we lost, so I do not have really good memories.

"I think a lot of people will be watching the game in Finland with me and Sami both playing, every week one game is shown live and this will probably be the one.

"I called Sami, he is alright and also looking forward to the game. They are flying and have played a lot of games this season already. At the beginning it looked like they were struggling a bit, but they are playing well now and it will be a tough test for us.

"He has been there seven years now and is a big part of the team. He enjoys playing with Jamie Carragher and they cover each other very well.

"I asked him about Liverpool doing so well and he said 'you are not doing so bad yourself'. He knows we are doing well he is a little bit scared of us, I think!"

Teemu opened his goalscoring account in his last start against Newcastle at the Lane, a strike he is aiming to make the first of many.

"That is what I am hoping for. My first goal was late in coming, but I have got it and I am not going to stop now.

"The last time I played against Sami in the UEFA Cup he scored against us and I have told him it is my time now."