Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been quoted by the Liverpool Echo explaining that he doesn’t think the Europa League will have a negative impact on his team this season.
Rodgers has been one of the busiest managers since the end of the last campaign, making a number of early signings in the transfer window to improve his squad.
He’s lost some quality in the form of Raheem Sterling, but with a deal for Belgian forward Christian Benteke thought to be imminent, as reported by the BBC, the boss doesn’t see any problems generated by playing extra European games on Thursday nights.
“The Europa League shouldn’t have any real detrimental effect because of the quality of players that I have,” Rodgers is quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“We have got a big squad and we will be fighting to improve this year. If you are playing well and working well, you will be playing games. It is as simple as that.”
Why would the Europa League create a problem?
The Europa League is a difficult competition for any Premier League side involved because of the extra matches it creates and the small amount of turnaround time ahead of important Premier League games at weekends.
That creates a strain over a squad because it’s impossible for any manager to regularly name his best side for weekend and mid-week games, because of the importance for players to be able to rest and recover effectively, especially more experienced and older players.
Rodgers has given himself more options in key areas and alongside some very talented youngsters coming up through the ranks at the club, he’s got options when the games start coming thick and fast.