How should Liverpool approach the Europa League?

Europa League Final

It's not the competition they wanted to be in, but Liverpool now have to contend with the junior UEFA competition.

Following Liverpool's exit from the Champions League, the club finds itself in UEFA's second competition in the Europa League, where the Reds enter from the knockout stages, following a group stage in the premier competition that brought about very few positives.

It is a symptom and a consequence of what has been a very poor season so far with the Reds struggling to find momentum, Brendan Rodgers struggling to find his best 11, whilst also seemingly at odds with what he needs to do with his new signings that the side spent over £100 million on in the summer. 

After last season's exciting campaign where the Reds qualified for the Champions League for the first time in five years, and come so close to winning their first league title since 1990, this season has been a disappointment.

Rodgers has admitted he, along with the rest of those involved, haven't been good enough so far this season, and don't deserve to be in the next round of this season's Champions League.

The Europa League has been frowned upon, yet at the end of it all is the incentive is a place back in the Champions League. But how they treat the competition will be down to how they respond in the league. If they put themselves in a position to qualify via the league positions then the Reds concentration will be trying to achieve it down that route.

There is a real chance Liverpool could be busy with the competitions during the second half of the season. The League Cup draw presents them an opportunity getting through to the semi-finals, whilst their FA Cup tie against AFC Wimbledon is one they will be expected to come through. Their season is far from over.

But they should be careful when it comes to the Europa League. Is it a competition they want to wilfully dismiss? I think not. 

There are more opportunities for summer signings that perhaps haven't proved themselves so far this season to do just that, whilst there is still the opportunity of winning the competition in Warsaw - though they may have to beat Everton along the way.

By all means the priority must be the domestic front, in particular the Premier League, but the Europa League shouldn't be taken likely.

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