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Sterling under no illusions as Liverpool prepare for Besiktas

Raheem Sterling is well aware that Thursday night's Europa League clash with Besiktas will be a tricky test for Liverpool.

The Reds meet the Turkish Super Lig outfit in the Round of 32 second leg at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul following last week's 1-0 win at Anfield.

Turkey is often a tough environment for visiting European teams, particularly those from England, and Sterling is under no illusions as to the enormity of the task he and his teammates face.

"I think it's going to be a really difficult game. Coming away to play in Turkey, it's going to be difficult and we know that," said Sterling.

"We've got to stick to our gameplan that the manager has set out for us. That's no different for tomorrow night.

"We'll be trying to play possession football and try to play really attacking football at the same time.

"I think it should be a really good game tomorrow and hopefully we can just play the football that we know we can play."

Sterling, who scored in Sunday's 2-0 Premier League win at Southampton, added: "The support in Turkey looks incredible.

"Everyone says how amazing they are. People say: 'You might get intimidated'.

"But I think the fans at Anfield are quite intimidating as well.

"So I don't think it will be too different. But I'm really excited to play in Turkey."

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