Former Liverpool star Stan Collymore claims Liverpool’s drop into the Europa League is a real problem for Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool were put out of the Champions League earlier this week when they could only manage a 1-1 draw in a game they had to win in order to progress.
That result means Europa League games on a Thursday night, which Collymore claims is a problem for the boss and the signings he drafted in over the summer.
“Being in the Europa League won't help them. It becomes a distraction and a pull on resources. Should he put a full side out? It's a tough problem,” wrote Collymore for BleacherReport.
“But Rodgers' signings just haven't worked. Adam Lallana has been no better than a six out of 10, Mario Balotelli a five, Rickie Lambert five, Lazar Markovic five. It's been the stuff of nightmares for Rodgers.”
The difficulty for Rodgers is that he has to judge going after the Europa League title against the chance of Liverpool finishing in the top four.
The side that wins the Europa League this season gets a place in the Champions League and Rodgers has to judge whether to use his strongest team in the Premier League or whether to consolidate and use his best players in Europe.
The pressure is really on top of him because of how important the Champions League is from a financial point of view.
There have been some reports that the Reds are already looking at ways to replace the current manager, although he’s only just signed a new long term contract and will be determined to get the side back moving in the right direction.
Liverpool spent big last summer and that gives the boss some good options, with Liverpool still standing a chance of winning some European silverware this season.