Slaven Bilic: Liverpool are one of the world’s most famous clubs

The Besiktas manager has stated that his side will be in for a tough clash in the Europa League against the Reds.

Liverpool return to European action this week as they take on Turkish side Besiktas in the knockout rounds of the Europa League.

Brendan Rodgers’ men have been in fine form of late, progressing through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and beating top-four rivals Tottenham in the league recently.

Besiktas are coached by former Everton defender Slaven Bilic, who stepped out for the Toffees for three years between 1997 and 2000.

The Croatian manager has admitted that his side are in for a tough task against the Merseyside outfit and that the Reds have improved significantly since the draw was made.

“We have to hope we have a serious chance against Liverpool, one of the world’s largest and most famous teams,” Bilic is quoted as saying by Turkish newspaper Zaman.

“They have recovered in the league in recent months. If I remember correctly they have lost just once in their last 16 games.

“This tie was drawn when they were low on form but that is no longer the case.”

At this stage of the season it is a matter of priorities for Liverpool, as they are still in contention in three competitions.

The winners of the Europa League automatically qualify for the Champions League next season, which will be an enticing incentive for sides that are not guaranteed qualification through their league position.

The Merseyside club are also in the FA Cup reckoning, with Rodgers surely keen to win silverware in Steven Gerrard’s last season with his boyhood club.

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