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Monday, November 1, 1999 Published at 14:53 GMT

Jewell ready for Anfield return

Bradford boss Paul Jewell hopes his team will shine at Anfield

Bradford City manager Paul Jewell will take his team to Anfield in Monday's Premiership clash with Liverpool, knowing that his affection for his boyhood club cannot come in the way of a good performance.

Paul Jewell: "A great achievement for Bradford"
The Bantams boss knows that a win or even a point in the Anfield clash would be a major boost to the relegation haunted side.

Bradford are two points away from the relegation zone and coming away from the Merseyside trip with something to show for, would be a great incentive for the West Yorkshire team for the rest of the season ahead.

Merseysider Jewell was a boyhood supporter of Liverpool and started his playing career there in the early 1980's.

But a first team place never materialised, and after playing two years in the reserves, Jewell moved to Wigan Athletic.

"My proudest moment was when I signed as a pro. You served a real apprenticeship then, which was around 18 months, and then they offered me a contract," said Jewell.

"But then the main achievement was to play on a regular basis for the first team.

Proud moment

"I don't think I was good enough and that's the reason why they let me go.

"I'm gutted I never played for the first team because that's every boy's dream.

"I nearly fulfilled most of my dreams, but I didn't fulfil the biggest one of all which was to play for the first team."

The Bantams manager admitted that it will be a proud moment for him when he steps out onto the Anfield pitch, although he knows his loyalties now lie with Bradford.

"I'm Bradford manager now and that's where my affinities lie. It won't be a case of divided loyalties and the one thing there won't be is any apprehension.

"After watching them against West Ham last Wednesday, though, we can beat Liverpool as long as we go there and be as positive as we were against Leicester.

"Respect them by all means, but we don't fear them, even though they are still a great club with some great players."

Liverpool welcome the return of 8m midfielder Dietmar Hamann, with the German having recovered from second ankle injury.

Strike partners Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler have returned from injury, but are not yet deemed match fit by manager Gerard Houllier.

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