Arsenal No1 Almunia: I love beating Liverpool

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is full of confidence facing Liverpool in the Champions League tonight.

"I love playing Liverpool," he said. "I'm always happy to play against them, especially at Anfield."

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His three wins and a draw against Liverpool include victories at Anfield last season in the FA Cup and Carling Cup.

"We invariably score at Anfield so that is a good sign for the second leg," he said.

Indeed, Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez does not seem to have much luck at all when Almunia is around.

"My first club was Osasuna and Rafa was the coach back in 1996," recalled the Arsenal goalkeeper. "Although I started in the 'B' team he coached me quite a lot. It was not a lucky time for him. There was no indication then that he would be so successful because the team was nearly relegated and he got sacked."

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