Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has bemoaned the fact that UEFA have pressed ahead with the Europa
League fixtures as originally scheduled.
The Reds travel to play Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the semi-finals of the European
competition on Thursday. And the volcanic ash cloud that has turned a significant part of Europe
into a no-fly zone has made it difficult for teams playing on the European stage to commute to
their destinations for the first leg of their respective games.
Anfield attendance was of a lowered tally for Monday nights clash, possibly due to the numerous
amount of people still stuck abroad. A lack in the Anfield faithful though was not going to put a
downer on the team or the performance against the London side battling to stay in football's top
league. After the injury [.
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A bit of a sad occasion, this. What you're reading is probably our last TV Preview of the season
(at least one of any real substance) now that all the cups and medals have been handed out. There
will, of course, be the odd Cup Final and Japanese A-League curio cropping up on the box from time
to time, but until the World Cup rolls around, this is it for now.
Liverpool failed to gain any reward for their valiant efforts in making the long-haul trip to
Madrid as a familiar foe gave Atletico victory in their Europa League semi-final first leg.
Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan hit a scrappy winner in only the ninth minute but the
tie is far from over and even without an away goal Rafael Benitez's side will be optimistic of
overturning the result at Anfield next week.