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TURK THAT!; Chris Bascombe - Inside Anfield: 'I've seen more balance from a cross-eyed drunk on roller skates, who suffers from vertigo and has just been sent up the world's tallest building after being pushed through a revolving door at 150 mph, 100 times, and then punched in the head by Mike Tyson . . .'.

THERE'S no shortage of confidence in the Galatasaray squad ahead of Tuesday's Champions League return in Istanbul.

According to Galatasaray skipper Bulent Korkmaz Liverpool may as well not bother to turn up. It's all over already.

The cocky defender pronounced his side virtually through to the last eight after they beat the Reds on Tuesday.

"We could not finish the job in Anfield, we will finish it in Istanbul, " he said, dismissing any hope of Liverpool of repeating their recent away heroics.

"Victory over Liverpool in Istanbul will boost our chances for the quarter-finals 90 percent."

Galatasaray coach Mircea Lucescu was slightly more gracious, acknowledging his side rode their luck at Anfield.

However, he insisted they deserved the run of the ball after missing out on vital points in their previous two games.

He said: "We lost a point to Roma in injury time and then were 2-0 in front against Barcelona and drew, so this is a point we deserved for our hard work in this group, " he said.

"They had two long-range shots from Hamann, but we were well prepared for it and the way they played their game. We also had four important players missing from our squad and they had all their players present."

Before thinking Liverpool are there for the beating, the Turks would do well to check their facts. The Reds haven't lost away from home in Europe since 1998.

And let's hope the Turks stay on their feet on Tuesday.

I've seen more balance from a cross-eyed drunk on roller skates, who suffers from vertigo and has just been sent up the world's tallest building after being pushed through a revolving door at 150 mph, 100 times, and then punched in the head by Mike Tyson.

In fact, if the Turks had been sent sprawling through the eye of tornado, spent a day on a helter skelter, joined the Top Folk Rock combo The Spinners, exposed as the lovechild of Dizzy Miss Lizzy and been the subject of Dead or Alive's 1980copyrights hit "You Spin Me Right Round Baby (Like a Record)" they'd still have had more chance of staying on their feet.

I think I've made my point. . .

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 23, 2002
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