Kewell relishing Anfield action
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Uefa Cup tie is still in the balance after a disappointing 1-1 draw in Slovenia for Liverpool, who have been taunted by their less illustrious opponents.
The Reds will be without Michael Owen for the match, along with Danny Murphy, Milan Baros, Jamie Carragher and Dietmar Hamann, but are still expecting a victory.
Kewell is relishing playing for his boyhood idols in a European tie, and has already sampled the atmosphere as a fan.
"When I played for Leeds I came to watch Liverpool in Europe a couple of times," said Kewell.
"They were great moments, very exciting and so to now be playing in a European tie at Anfield is going to be a great experience.
The one game that sticks in my mind is the one against Roma when the manager came back from his illness and Emile Heskey headed home the winner.
"I just remember the noise and thinking the atmosphere was special. It was a great night.
"I got the offer to come along from my agent and the whole experience brought home to me just what Liverpool was about."
Kewell will now taste the atmosphere from on the pitch and knows his side have a job to do on Wednesday night.
Olimpija coach Saud Besirovic has already blasted The Reds, saying that the players lack the heart for a fight, but Kewell believes that will only serve to fire up his side to make the next round.
"We have heard the things they are supposed to have said about us, but that is just the sort of thing said to stir us up. It is what people say to upset players.
"But if someone looks at us and says we have no heart, they clearly do not know what they are talking about.
"If we perform as we know we can, then we should be good enough to get the right result."
Reds boss Gerard Houllier has insisted they will not take their opponents lightly at Anfield after being in this position before in Europe.
"The early rounds are always very hard, people must not be taken for granted. People think it is going to be easy but from experience I know that is not the case.
"Look at Chelsea, they know what can happen and have lost to smaller clubs in Europe. You have to have the right attitude, make sure the focus is top class. We found that when we won the trophy two years ago."
"Whatever their manager is supposed to have said about our players, he obviously does not know them. Because if there is one thing about our boys it is that they have heart and guts.
"The best way to answer such things is out on the pitch."