Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has warned the club’s Europa League campaign may be something of a war of attrition.

They ground out a 1-0 victory at home to Unirea Urziceni last night in a performance which will hardly set alarm bells ringing around the rest of Europe.

David Ngog scored the only goal against Unirea nine minutes from time – only Liverpool’s sixth in seven European matches this season – after a host of half-chances had not been taken.

One of the best fell to Steven Gerrard after just 25 seconds but his effort was tipped over the crossbar by goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis.

Just 11 months ago his side were hammering Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in the Champions League but Benitez said times had changed.

„We started really well and I was really pleased for a while,” said the Spaniard.

„We cannot play at the same level that we played against Real Madrid every game, especially when the away team is defending well.

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Benitez braced for tough campaign

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has warned the club’s Europa League campaign may be something of a war of attrition.

They ground out a 1-0 victory at home to Unirea Urziceni last night in a performance which will hardly set alarm bells ringing around the rest of Europe.

David Ngog scored the only goal against Unirea nine minutes from time – only Liverpool’s sixth in seven European matches this season – after a host of half-chances had not been taken.

One of the best fell to Steven Gerrard after just 25 seconds but his effort was tipped over the crossbar by goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis.

Just 11 months ago his side were hammering Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in the Champions League but Benitez said times had changed.

„We started really well and I was really pleased for a while,” said the Spaniard.

„We cannot play at the same level that we played against Real Madrid every game, especially when the away team is defending well.

Read the article on Hartlepool Today

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