Smicer looking forward to Anfield reunion

Smicer said: “I’d love the manager to put me on the bench so I could be a part of the game, but I’m not sure that would be possible.

“I’m really disappointed, but it’s too early for me to play. I was injured six days before the first game, and now I’m only able to train, not get involved in agame. I just wanted to make sure I travelled to Liverpool again because I want to see everyone.

“It’s a pity because I’m not sure if I’ll ever get the chance to play at Anfield again.

“But, given the choice, I wouldn’t swop my last game for Liverpool for anything, and even though it would have meant a lot to me to play at Anfield tonight, the most important thing is the memories I have already.

“I’ve been looking forward to this night since the draw. It’s special for me to be back at Anfield, particularly for a Champions League game, because it reminds me of the best time of my career.

“The last memory is the one that’s remembered most, particularly when it’s such a good one. I can remember being upset I wasn’t involved in the final league game against Aston Villa, but it was the game a week later which I’m much happier to have played in.

“I know there were times at Liverpool when I was bad, and others when I felt I did a good job, but the most important moment was the Champions League final.

“When I scored the penalty, I kissed the badge on my shirt, and this was my way of showing how much I loved every moment I was playing for Liverpool.

“After six years, part of me felt I’d also deserved that moment, and the fact I’d shown the fans I was a good player in the biggest game of all meant a lot to me and to them.”