McGlynn warns of Reds backlash

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John McGlynn wants his Hearts team to take a lead to Liverpool

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John McGlynn wants his Hearts team to take a lead to Liverpool

Hearts manager John McGlynn is wary of a Liverpool backlash when the sides meet in the Europa League at Tynecastle on Thursday.

The Anfield giants, under new boss Brendan Rodgers, slumped to a 3-0 defeat in their Premiership opener at West Brom on Saturday afternoon. However, Liverpool have already breezed past Belarusian side Gomel in continental competition this term to set up a meeting with the Jambos.

McGlynn has potent memories of his side's capitulation against another English outfit, Tottenham, at the same stage of the Europa League last term. He said: "Liverpool losing 3-0 may not be the best thing in the world for us, they may come up here looking to make amends for that."

He added: "If we lose goals against Inverness then you are liable to lose goals against Liverpool.

"We have to make life much more difficult for Liverpool and try to go to Anfield with a lead.

"We have to stick together and build on the things we did well against Inverness. The first goal, for example, was excellent.

"Everybody knows that the tie against Tottenham last year was finished very early, we need to make sure we are still in the tie going into the second leg."

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