Mutu: No Big Deal To Beat Kop
Adrian Mutu insists beating Liverpool in Europe will be no big deal.
The Fiorentina ace says he can fire the Italians to victory in the Stadio Artemio Franchi tonight.
But Mutu said: “Once upon a time, beating Liverpool would be a famous win and you could make a fuss, but no more. Since I have been in Florence, the team, the club and the whole environment have grown to the point where we can now beat anyone in our stadium.”
Mutu, 30, was infamously sacked by Chelsea in 2004 after failing a drugs test and admitting to taking cocaine. He faces a worldwide ban unless he pays Chelsea £14.65million in compensation this year.
He says: “My time in England was not easy. I was young and I had a lot of troubles.
“But I’m a better player now, more mature and much stronger physically.” Mutu spent one season in England after a £17m move from Parma in 2003.
He added: “I am sure we will not make special plans for Fernando Torres or Steven Gerrard, that is not our style.”
Reds boss Rafa Benitez told his side they need to cut out their soft centre in Italy tonight. Liverpool have leaked 10 goals already this season – with NINE from set-pieces.
Benitez said: “It is clear we have made too many basic mistakes, making life difficult for ourselves at times. We need to improve in defence.”