Liverpool FC, Roma and Napoli favourites to win Europa League
Brendan Rodgers wants to win this season’s Europa League and qualify for the Champions League
February 19th, 2015
Liverpool are much improved compared to earlier in the season and their manager is hoping to see the team produce some winning performances which will take them all the way to the Europa League final.
The Reds could only finish third in their Champions League group which led to being transferred to Europe’s secondary competition, although Brendan Rodgers is determined to treat it seriously.
It’s little surprise considering that a place in next season’s Champions League is up for grabs to the winner of the Europa League, with the bookies making Liverpool one of the competition favourites along with Roma and Napoli.
Bet365 offer 12/1 about the Reds although an opening match against Besiktas looks a tough prospect, with the Turkish side coming close to eliminating Arsenal in the preliminary stage of the Champions League.
“The frustration of the Champions League was that we put in two years of hard work to get to that stage and when we arrived there we didn’t have the team to show our way of working,” said Rodgers. “It was not us earlier in the season and I was always hopeful we could still be in the Champions League at this stage and show our way of working. It was not to be but this is still a very good competition and we will attack these games against Besiktas like we have in the last few months.
“It is a very prestigious tournament. You have seen Liverpool under Gérard Houllier win the Uefa Cup, and for me this is the Uefa Cup. It is a tournament that has some wonderful teams in it and we want to win it. We are at a different stage now with a different mentality and these games will be tough, but our objective is to take a lead over to Turkey. There is no reason why we can’t do that with the form we are in.”