LIVERPOOL boss Roy Hodgson will ask his Europa League rookies to try and equal a European club record tomorrow night.
If the Reds can overcome FC Utrecht in tomorrow night’s final Europa League group game, it would equal the club record of nine successive home victories in Europe.
Those winning sequences were established by some of the most celebrated sides in Anfield history.
Between 1976 and 1978 Bob Paisley’s UEFA and European Cup winners won nine in a row at Anfield, then between 1983 and 1991 another European Cup winning outfit repeated that feat.
But with tomorrow’s match being a dead rubber – Liverpool can’t be caught as Group K leaders and FC Utrecht cannot qualify – Hodgson will rest the majority of his senior stars.
The task of equalling a club record will be entrusted to inexperienced youngsters like Jonjo Shelvey, Danny Wilson and Dani Pacheco.
Hodgson himself is also chasing a personal landmark tomorrow.
Joe Fagan, with 12, holds the record for the most games unbeaten in Europe at the start of his career as Liverpool manager.
Roy Hodgson has so far managed nine without defeat and will move to within two of Fagan’s achievement if he can avoid defeat tonight.