Auf weidersehen, Stef!
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Steffen Freund is despondent on having to miss the big German reunion at the Lane on Sunday.
Our midfield marauder has yet to recover sufficiently from the hamstring pull he suffered against Birmingham City in the Worthington Cup.
So he will have to watch from the stand as Christian Ziege, Markus Babbel and Dietmar Hamann line-up for Liverpool for the Premiership encounter beamed live by Sky Sports.
Freund moaned: “I would love to play against Liverpool and love to play against the three German players but my hamstring is not ready yet.
“Last weekend reporters from Germany called me and said they wanted to come and watch the four Germans on the pitch and that is when it sunk in. This is such a big game.
“I would normally love to be out there and play against them but it is not to be this time. It is hard for me to watch this game now.”
Midfielder Hamann moved to Anfield from Newcastle United prior to season 1999-2000, centre-back Babbel followed this summer from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, while left-sided Ziege finally switched from Middlesbrough after a long, drawn-out, transfer saga at the start of the season.
Hamman and Ziege are familiar faces, with spells of Premiership football under their belts, and Freund believes Babbel has made the right move as well.
“Markus won everything at Bayern Munich and this was the right change,” said Freund. “He is a strong central defender and I like to see one more German in the Premier League.
“I know Markus well. We made our debuts for Germany together in 1995 and I know him, he is a good character and a good player for Liverpool. I think he helps the club to more success.
“It is the same for Christian Ziege and Dietmar Hamann. Three quality German players. We spoke together after the last national game in Germany and I know all three well. They are all important for the club and can all help Liverpool to success.”
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By Paul Miles