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Traore says Reds are going down

Djimi Traore comes up against his former Liverpool side on Saturday and he feels that Pompey have the 'psychological edge' over the Reds.

As he told the Pompey Site he feels that Pompey can beat Liverpool once again, as we have in 3 out of the last 5 meeting we have had with them 'we beat Liverpool last season and I think we can do it again.

'You have to approach a game against a team like Liverpool with confidence. You know they've got top players, but you don't need to respect them too much.

'Liverpool don't travel well, especially to the South. I know that from experience. I think the long journey makes players tired'.

The victory over Liverpool at Fratton last season, when they fielded a much weakened side and the penalty shoot out win over them in Asia as we won the Barclays Asia Trophy will leave us in good heart, with a little psychological edge but this is now a different Liverpool side we face, probably the best side I have seen then have for many years.

They have started very well, but like all the others top clubs in the country, well most other clubs full stop, Liverpool do not like coming to Fratton, the early kick off could make things even harder for them.

The most important thing is we keep things tight at the back, but approach this game in a positive manor, if we do then I honestly cannot see any reason why we cannot win as Traore believes.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 13 2007

Time: 1:12PM

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Djimme Djimme i like your positive attitude. Lets do em.
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13/09/2007 13:23:00

Djimi, that was then, things have changed mate, LFC are now awesome
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13/09/2007 13:47:00

positive attitude, that is what we want to hear and see. agreed liverpool are looking mighty tasty this season, but things have changed with pompey too tho mate...
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13/09/2007 13:51:00

here here
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13/09/2007 14:07:00

Oh dear another hypnosis Pompey win riding on the back of belief. I only wish that the dream comes true. But in the end methinks another Pompey loss. I would dearly love egg on my face and turnover the scousers, but realistically I don't see it. More importantly we get to climb up the table after our visit to Blackburn.
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13/09/2007 14:20:00

We want to be careful what we say about our opposition, it is great to be confident, but we have to show some sort of form before we get to beat teams like Liverpool. I admire Troare when he shows confidence in our ability, however if we dont or cant improve on our display at the Emirates we will get another battering from a very good team. However as Harry stated, we like to have a go at teams particularly at Fratton, and it would be a great bonus to pick something up against the scousers.
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13/09/2007 14:33:00

ignoring Chelsea ou bogey team against United, Arsenal and Pool our home record in the Prem is Won 5 Drawn 3 Lost 5 which I say is not bad. Bring em on.
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13/09/2007 16:43:00

is that a warning from Djimi i read, wow that'll have stevey G and the boys quakeing in their puma's now wont it. lets be honest gents the last time we beat them was down to a weakened team and a CL league game 2 days after. for some mad reason i will still put a Pavarotti on us to win
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13/09/2007 20:04:00

i hope he's right, knock the wind out of their feckin sails!
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13/09/2007 20:30:00

At best a draw and that would be a great result!
L L Blue
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13/09/2007 20:49:00

I agree, I would take the draw.
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13/09/2007 22:22:00

yep w would take a draw but i have this strong feeling that we will do them, i really do...
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14/09/2007 00:25:00

We are all hoping that the return of Sol and the week to stew over the rubbish performance at the Emirates will ensure that Pompey give it a real go on Saturday. I cant make up my mind how Harry will play this one, but i have a funny feeling the Papa Diop will feature alongside Muntari.
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14/09/2007 09:41:00

How times have indeed changed, as a Liverpool fan, reading the words 'tight at the back' on the same page as the other words 'Djimi Traore' is something very alien to me. Hope it's a good game, but obviously I think we need the 3 points more than you, Pompey can just write off the first 4 games of this season and start fresh afterwards, but we need to start winning at places like Fratton Park.
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14/09/2007 10:48:00

"approach this game in a positive 'manor'"? I thought it was being played in Fratton Park!
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14/09/2007 13:23:00

Lives in a house, very big house in the country!
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14/09/2007 13:23:00

It is the Cockney in him, he wants you to come and play at our manor. To much Danny Dyer and Ray Winston !!!
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14/09/2007 14:53:00

we have to keep winning at places like fratton too - so altho in the bigger picture you lot will be looking at a title challenge your need for 3 points is no greater than ours...
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14/09/2007 15:38:00

Quite right, and we can expect the fans to demand a performance from the team.
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14/09/2007 18:19:00

Early start 4 u tomorrow then owens, how long does that journey take? Makes you a superfan in my book, Liverpool and back every home game.
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14/09/2007 19:46:00

The journey lasts for a lifetime, four to five hours each way depending on the M6 etc. It is a labour of love, and i have only been doing it for 9 years !!
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15/09/2007 19:51:00

Admire your dedication owenspompey, hope you enjoyed the journey home today.
L L Blue
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15/09/2007 21:31:00

Wow, and i moan about the m275lol. Good on yer owensp.
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15/09/2007 23:07:00

Never moan again mate, however the games against Blackburn and Burnley next are a big bonus for me, i dont envy everyone travelling from Pompey on a Sunday and midweek. Lets hope we can win both of these games and make the travelling worthwhile
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16/09/2007 14:10:00

owenspompey, how did you come to be a Pompey fan living in the North?
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16/09/2007 20:29:00

I come from Gosport but my job has taken me to Oxford, Epsom, Warrington, Wigan and now Liverpool. However i have never followed anyone other than Pompey and Gosport Borough.
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17/09/2007 08:43:00


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