FC Liverpool 0 – FC Utrecht 0

As FC Utrecht’s 21-year-old midfielder BARRY MAGUIRE (18), who is native to the Netherlands but pledged his alliegance to Ireland this past September, attempts to keep pace with England World Cup midfielder JOE COLE (10) of FC Liverpool at fabled Anfield on the Isle of Great Britain. (Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

UEFA Europa League
Group Stage

0 – FC Liverpool (ENG)
0 – FC Utrecht (HOL)

“Liverpool may have given children free tickets for the Europa League tie against Utrecht at Anfield but even they will have felt short-changed by the disappointing goalless draw…”

SPORTSMAIL REPORTER – Mail Online Football

Hey! — What is so bad about error-free goalkeeping, organized defense and a clean sheet?

Besides, the blog would have been thrilled just to be at Anfield on someone’s else’s dime…the blog has every confidence the children somehow managed to enjoy themselves in spite of the dearth of goals scored.


Australia international goalkeeper BRAD JONES, a purchase of 2.3 million English pounds by manager Roy Hodgson from Middlesborough this past August who has appeared exactly twice now for Liverpool since, punches the ball to safety against FC Utrecht at Anfield. (IHN/dailymail.co.uk)

Having already qualified for the knockout round of 32 this spring, FC Liverpool manager ROY HODGSON did the right thing to send out the reserves for the Scousers’ final match at the group stage.

Australia international goalkeeper BRAD JONES, who had previously made just one start for the Reds in the Carling League Cup since signing from Middlesborough this summer, appeared in Europe for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

Holland international striker RICKY VAN WOLFSWINKEL, who leads FC Utrecht with 11 goals in 18 Eredivisie games this season, was taken off at halftime by visiting manager TON DU CHATINIER in favor of 19-year-old attacker LEON DE KOGEL; thus, the promising 21-year-old ends his 2010-11 European campaign with a record of eight goals from 12 UEFA Europa League matches.


Holland World Cup reserve goalkeeper MICHEL VORM, who collected his third shutout in six UEFA Europa League group stage games against FC Liverpool, barks out instructions to his FC Utrecht defense during the match against the Reds at Anfield in England. (Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

FC LIVERPOOL : Jones – Kelly, Skrtel (Kyrgiakos 46′), Wilson, Aurelio – Jovanovic (Kuyt 73′), Poulsen, Shelvey, Cole – Babel, Eccleston (Pacheco 56′)

FC UTRECHT : Vorm – Cornelisse, Keller, Wuytens, Nesu – Duplan (Oar 71′), Silberbauer, Nijholt, Maguire (Sarota 83′), Mertens – van Wolfswinkel (de Kogel 46′)


(Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)


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