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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 July 2005, 07:34 GMT 08:34 UK
Liverpool Euro draw worries Moyes
Everton manager David Moyes
Everton manager David Moyes fears his club will be paired with Merseyside rivals Liverpool in Friday's Champions League third qualifying round draw.

Liverpool are seeded and following their Champions League victory they have no country protection and could face Everton, who are not seeded.

"I've got clear concerns about what might happen," Moyes said.

"It is wrong that two clubs from the same country - the same city, even - could be drawn against each other."

Under ordinary circumstances there would be no prospect of clubs from the same country playing each other at this stage.

However, after Liverpool's dramatic win over AC Milan in Istanbul in May, Uefa allowed the Reds to defend their title despite failing to finish in the Premiership's top four clubs.

As part of the special dispensation to allow them to participate, Liverpool were seeded at Slavia Prague's expense but lost the right to avoid being drawn against teams from their own national association.

That means they could play Everton, who have not been seeded, but will not face Manchester United who go into the pot of 16 seeded teams.

"The decision as to who is seeded or not is nothing to do with us. We can't influence that," Moyes added.

"But you qualify for the Champions League in order to play teams from another country, not your local rivals.

"There is only one club exposed to the fact that Liverpool have not been granted country protection, and that's Everton."

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard also hopes the clubs avoid each other.

"I'm sure it would be a great occasion if we did draw Everton in the next round but I'm sure if you asked both sides, we'd prefer to avoid each other at this stage," he said.

"It'd be brilliant to see both clubs in the group stages, but it'd be sod's law to draw each other on Friday."


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