Former Manchester United defender and midfielder Phil Neville explained in a question and answer session for Breathe Sport that he feels Liverpool’s best way into the Champions League next season is winning the Europa League.
Brendan Rodgers’s side have been confined to a campaign of playing European football on Thursday nights in various parts of Europe, as they chase the Holy Grail of a top four place next year and qualification back into the Champions League.
However, Neville doesn’t feel the Reds will be able to secure a top four finish domestically, which means they may have to focus on winning the Europa League in order to get into the main European tournament.
“I honestly feel Liverpool’s best route into the Champions League, is through the Europa League,” he said.
The Europa League has become a very attractive competition for all clubs, because the winners get the chance to compete in the Champions League the following season.
Liverpool should have enough quality and the consistency needed to compete in Europe, with a large squad which was assembled last summer as the club finished second over the 2013/2014 campaign.
That large squad will be very important if Rodgers wants to target winning the Europa League because the high volume of games and the quick turnaround between fixtures will be difficult for the club to cope with.
After a disappointing season last time round, which saw Liverpool drop four places in the Premier League, Rodgers is under pressure to achieve some success and the Europa League isn’t a bad place to start.