Liverpool morning round-up, Rodgers on side in Europe, Sturridge looking forward to bow

Daniel Sturridge

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that Europe has yet to see the true capabilities of his side ahead of tonight's Europa League clash with Besiktas at Anfield.

The Reds were knocked out of the Champions League having only won one game and picked up five points during the group stage as the side endured a poor start to the campaign, but Rodgers says the side will attack the games in the Europa League.

He's quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “Certainly it wasn’t the real Liverpool earlier on in the season. I was obviously hopeful that we could still be in the Champions League at this stage but it’s not to be. We’re still in a very good competition, we’ll attack these games in this competition like we have those in the last few months."

Daniel Sturridge is in line for his European debut for the Reds tonight, despite joining the club just over two years ago.

The forward was cup tied during his first six months at Anfield so missed the knockout stages of the Europa League campaign that season, with the Reds failing to qualify for European competition the following season.

Sturridge's injury problems forced him to miss out on the group stages of the Champions League, with the forward describing it as 'massive'.

He's quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “I’ve waited such a long time to play this game, it has been very difficult for myself to sit out and watch all those games we have played in the Champions League without being part of it, very, very hard.

“I have to be positive about it though and look forward – it’s part of football, every player goes through injuries at some point in their career so for me, it is even better to be back and be part of the team, trying to win games in Europe."

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