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Liverpool's Parry relishing Istanbul return

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry is relishing a return trip to Istanbul after the Reds were drawn to face Galatasaray in the Champions League group stages.

The Turkish city staged the 2005 final, which Liverpool won on penalties against AC Milan after a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Although it will not be the same stadium where they played in on that famous night, it will still be an occasion to savour for the Reds faithful.

Liverpool can also look forward to trips to Holland to face PSV Eindhoven and France to take on Bordeaux.

'We have fond memories of trips to Istanbul and of course we have been to Galatasaray not too long ago,' Parry told Sky Sports News.

Liverpool drew against the Turkish side in Istanbul four years ago, and know what to expect in terms of a hot reception.

Parry added: 'PSV and Bordeaux are a little bit of an unknown for us, but it's okay.'

Asked if he was pleased to have avoided Celtic, Parry added: 'Celtic would have been fine. There is no such thing as a favourable draw, none of the groups is that easy.

'Turkey is a long way but we've avoided the eastern European trips so it's okay.'

The Reds only booked their place in the draw for the Champions League group stage with a 3-2 aggregate win over Israeli side Maccabi Haifa.

They drew the second leg 1-1 in Kiev, where Maccabi came close to forcing the match into extra-time late on.

'It was a little tense at times but it's fantastic to be here,' said Parry. 'We were happy whoever we drew.'

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