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  • David Tyrer

Djimi Traore: Winning is in Liverpool's DNA, they never give up

If you cast your thoughts back to 2005, few fans will recall the lesser lights of the Liverpool team that won the Champions League in such amazing circumstances in Istanbul.

Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Jerzy Dudek, Didi Hamann, Xabi Alonso and Sami Hyypia. But few remember the likes of Djibril Cisse, Milan Baros, Igor Biscan and.. Djimi Traore.

The leggy defender, a French-born Malian international, Traore was brought to Anfield by Gerard Houllier as a 19 year old in '99 and went on to play over 140 games for the club.

Traore was not many fan's first choice to play left-back in Istanbul but he played his legs off in the final, making one memorable goal-line clearance late on. Fully deserving his winners medal.

The 39-year old assistant coach of MLS side Seattle Sounders though, is still very much a Liverpool fan, and can be often seen interacting with Reds on Twitter.

So it is of little real surprise to see Traore bigging up LFC today to the Press Association. He told PA Sport: "That’s Liverpool for me—winning trophies.

"Everybody thinks they are down, but they never give up. That is the DNA of the club.

"When you play for Liverpool and wear that shirt, it makes you different.

"It’s almost as if it makes you a better player, it is something special.

"The fans have an incredible drive and were a massive part of that success in Istanbul.

"It’s not every day you’re 3-0 down in a big game and the fans still cheer and sing for the team. You think right ‘they believe in you and I’m not going to let you down’. You fight more."

With his thoughts turning to the final on Saturday night though, Traore believes that, while Spurs pose a huge threat, Liverpool have to the quality to back up their favourites tag.

He said: "Liverpool are favourites, but with all the top-class players they have they can handle that. They play Tottenham many times, they know the opponent, and right now Tottenham fear Liverpool more than the opposite.

"If Liverpool play like they did since the beginning of the season, it will make the difference."

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