Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling admitted that he is looking forward to playing in front of the Beşiktaş crowd ahead of the Europa League Round of 32 second-leg.
“The support in Turkey looks incredible,” Sterling was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
The game will be Sterling’s first in Istanbul and he revealed that he has always wanted to experience the atmosphere of a big game in Turkey.
“It’s going to be a really exciting game – for me personally as well, as I’ve always wanted to play in Turkey and see what the fans are like,” he added.
Sterling does not however, believe his teammates will get intimidated by the crowd and believes Liverpool fans create just as intense an atmosphere.
“Everyone says how amazing they are. People say: ‘You might get intimidated’,” Sterling said.
“But I think the fans at Anfield are quite intimidating [to the opposition] as well. So I don’t think it will be too different. But I’m really excited to play in Turkey.”
Sterling is expected to start against Beşiktaş in the second leg at the Atatürk Olympic stadium.
Liverpool won the first leg 1-0 at Anfield but will be without several key players including Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho and Sakho.
The Reds lost on their last visit to Turkey against Beşiktaş in the 2007-08 Champions League group stages.