Club Brugge play in the Jupiler Pro League in Belgian, and it seems that Vurnon Anita, our new £6.6M signing from Ajax in the summer, could get another start tomorrow night, after playing the whole game at Anfield on Sunday.
Vurnon Anita trying to contain Raheem Sterling on Sunday
That full game in the white hot atmosphere of Anfield will give the 23 year-old some good experience, and he said when he arrived in the summer, that he wanted to play as many games as possible, in his first season on Tyneside.
Anita knows all about the Jupiler league having played in Holland, which borders Belgium, and he says tomorrow night’s opponents are a good side:
“We want to go through in the Europa League.” “The opposition is very good, so we must keep on working hard to go through. It is very close.” “The game against Brugge is important and we must go there to win the game.”
“For me, it is good to play as I have not played so many games.” “It is good to have games in your legs and if the coach needs me I will play. We will see what happens.” “That is important at Liverpool – I am happy I started and finished the game also.”
“That is good. It went well. I went to midfield and then right-back at the end.” “I can play both positions – that is no problem.” “It was the same in Holland – I must keep on working hard in training.”
“When my chance is there, I must take it.” “We were pleased at the end. We were a man down and they kept on pressing us.” “It was difficult but after the game everybody was happy with one point.” “After the goal, we kept the ball.”
“They were chasing us. It is a wonderful feeling if you keep the ball and play football.” “It was amazing to play at Anfield. The atmosphere was fantastic.”
Anita is having some trouble getting to grips with the Premier League, and it will take him some time to get used to the pace and the physical nature of English football, but he has still made 10 appearances for the first team so far this season, and that’s not too bad.
He’s likely to get another lengthy game tomorrow night in Belgium, either at right back or in central midfield.
We need a win against Club Brugge tomorrow to take our tally in Group D to 10 points from the first four games, and we’ll have qualified for the knock-out stages of the competition with a win.
That would be good.
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