Steve Nicol said on the ESPN FC show on BT Sport/ESPN on Thursday evening that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should not take the Europa League seriously this season.
Liverpool are second in the Europa League Group B table at the moment with six points from four matches.
The Merseyside outfit are three points clear of third-place Bordeaux and are very much in the running for a spot in the knockout stages of the European club competition.
The Reds are also chasing a top-four finish in the Premier League this campaign, and there will be concerns that the Europa League will be a distraction.
Liverpool are 10th in the league table at the moment with 17 points from 12 matches.
The former European champions are as many as seven points behind Manchester United, who are currently fourth in the standings.
The Reds will take on Manchester City away from home at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League after the two-week international break.