Liverpool's Alberto Moreno loves the Europa League

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Moreno won the competition last season with Sevilla and knows the significance it carries.

Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno is one player that doesn't mind the Reds playing in the Europa League next season, having tasted success in last season's competition with Sevilla.

A last day win for the Reds against Stoke City will ensure they qualify for the competition at the group stages for 2015/16, and the Spaniard is keen to repeat the success he enjoyed with his hometown club in Turin last season with the Reds in Basel next term.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “I’m a big fan of the Europa League, you know I can go home and look at my medal in my trophy cabinet at home which I’ve already won, I love it.

“For any player and any fan, winning any trophy – not least at a European level – is absolutely something positive. We always want to win trophies, let’s face it, and I enjoyed it when we won.”

One thing that Brendan Rodgers will be keen to address next season - if the Reds ensure their qualification for next season's competition - is the criticism that he can't manage a side in Europe, having twice been knocked out of the Europa League at the last 32 stage and eliminated from this season's Champions League before the knockout phase.

The Europa League in its current format has become something of a much-maligned competition by Premier League clubs - especially having to deal with a Thursday/Sunday fixture schedule - but one only needs to look back to their success in the old format in 2001 to see how much it meant to win the competition.

Though some see the tournament as a nuisance, Liverpool, and particularly Moreno, will see it as more of an opportunity.

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