The Europa League could be the perfect platform for several of Liverpool’s fringe players to make an impact this season.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has often fielded weaker sides in the competition, with it clear that competing for a top-four finish in the Premier League is the Reds' priority.
Indeed, for Thursday’s trip to Bordeaux he has already decided not to take stars such as Christian Benteke and James Milner, indicating early on how he will be approaching the tournament this season.
If stars are to be left out, though, then that will present opportunities for others to make an impact in Europe. Here, we analyse three who could make the competition their own.
The full-back has found himself on the bench this season, with youngster Joe Gomez selected ahead of him for their five games so far.
Moreno has experience in the Europa League, though, having won it with Sevilla, and with Rodgers eager to ensure that Gomez doesn’t suffer burn out, the Spaniard is sure to start in the competition. Put in enough strong performances and he may find himself back in the first team, especially when taking into account that Gomez is not a natural fit a left-back.
Another one on the sidelines, Divock Origi was never likely to feature heavily this season after the capture of Benteke over the summer.
With the Belgian looking likely to be saved for the Premier League, though, the young forward has a chance to make an impression in the Europa League, should Rodgers call upon him. Score enough goals, and the manager may be tempted to throw him into the league, given Benteke’s struggles to find the back of the net.
Signed from Burnley this summer, Ings has seemingly contented himself with a bit-part role at Anfield this season.
He started against Manchester United in a wide left role last time out and struggled, but a place up front, perhaps alongside the aforementioned Origi, and he could be a hit in the Europa League. As with the Belgian, if Benteke continues to struggle, a starting role in domestic competition could soon follow.