Smicer thrilled with Anfield return
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Vladimir Smicer told <EM>skysports.com</EM> he is relishing a return to Anfield.
Vladimir Smicer has told skysports.com that he is relishing the prospect of returning to Anfield when new side Bordeaux take on Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League.
For Czech Republic playmaker Smicer, Bordeaux being drawn in the same group as his former side Liverpool was a dream come true.
Smicer's last act as a Liverpool player was to score a penalty in the decisive shoot-out that saw The Reds lift the European Cup for a fifth time in May 2005.
Smicer also bagged one of Liverpool's three comeback goals against Milan but he will now play against the Merseysiders in the Champions League.
Bordeaux are in the same group as Rafa Benitez's side and Smicer cannot wait to play at Anfield again.
"I am so happy to face them. In fact, when I was watching the draw I was dreaming of meeting Liverpool," Smicer told skysports.com.
"Playing at Anfield again will be a real gift. It is the icing on the cake.
"I just love the fans and the atmosphere of that great stadium. You can't compare Liverpool with another club, they are just unique.
"Of course, it will be difficult for Bordeaux to beat them, they are a big team and they have bought great players.
"Benitez has shaped a squad full of promise. But nothing is impossible in football, and we may be able to annoy them.
"I still have friends there, but I haven't called them yet. I will do it, and remember great matches in England, but when the match begins I will stay focused."
Smicer admits that Bordeaux will be underdogs going into the competition, but he believes the club could spring a surprise and qualify into the knockout stages.
"A lot of players will start their first Champions League campaign and they will learn a lot, and show their talent," added Smicer.
"Bordeaux are not favourites for qualification but we will give 100 percent to prove they can step up to European football.
"To my mind, this season is going to be more difficult than last year's but we are well equipped and will compete against the biggest teams."