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Last Updated: Monday, 28 June, 2004, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK
Baros hits out at Houllier

Milan Baros wheels away in celebration after scoring against Denmark
Euro 2004 top scorer Milan Baros has launched a stinging attack on former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier.

The Czech Republic striker accused the Frenchman of destroying his confidence and said he was ready to quit Anfield before Rafael Benitez took charge.

"Houllier knocked the confidence out of me," Baros told the club website.

"I wasn't being picked and thought it would be best to leave Liverpool in the summer, but a new coach has come in now and the situation has changed."

Baros, who has scored five times to help the Czech Republic to the semi-finals in Portugal, is looking forward to having a chance to prove himself at his club.

"Every player will start next season from the same point under Benitez," he said.

"We will all have something to prove. With the old manager gone, I now want to stay and be a part of it."

The 22-year-old is only one match away from equalling Michel Platini's record of scoring in five consecutive European Championship matches.

It was a very difficult period for me but now I'm sure I can play for Liverpool like I'm playing here
Milan Baros

His brace in the quarter-final win against Denmark took him one goal clear of Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy in the scoring table.

But Baros said: "It is nice to be ahead of Ruud van Nistelrooy in terms of scoring but I don't care about this competition - I just want to win the tournament.

"All four teams can win the tournament but there is still a long way to go. If we can beat Greece we have a chance to win the tournament - but it is going to be a difficult game."

Baros admitted he had "lost his motivation" at Liverpool and said: "It was only when I met up with my national team-mates that I lost weight, gained some mental belief and got my motivation back.

"I have heard people say I play differently for my country but that's simply not true. I play exactly the same at Liverpool.

"All I can hope is that I transfer this form to next season and I'm sure I can."

Baros, who was sidelined for five months and only managed two goals all season for Liverpool, has vowed to bounce back at Anfield.

"It was a very difficult period for me but now I'm sure I can play for Liverpool like I'm playing here."

Highlights: Czech Rep 3-0 Denmark

Interview: Czech striker Milan Baros

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