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Villa boss Houllier: Istanbul was my Liverpool success

New Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier insists he won the 2005 Champions League for Liverpool.

He maintained not only that his record at Liverpool justifies his appointment, but promised he's fit enough to go back into the dug-out.

Houllier said: "When the team won in Istanbul I went into the changing room afterwards and it was very emotional for me.

"I was sitting in the corner, all shy, but virtually every player came up to me, gave me a hug and said, 'This is your team, this is our team'.

"It was funny because until then I hadn't even noticed that, apart from two players, I had signed and worked with every player in that team."

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