Liverpool will take a narrow 1-0 lead into their Europa League qualifier second leg against Trabzonspor after claiming victory in the first leg at Anfield courtesy of a first half goal by Ryan Babel, although they missed the opportunity to double their lead after Joe Cole missed a penalty in the second half.
For all Liverpool's dominance, the tie was still far from safe ahead of next week's return trip to Trabzon. The visitors played out the closing minutes safely, perhaps hoping for another chance on home soil.
p/s: Milner joins City, Ireland to Villa. OMG, check out the transfer fee for an English-man.