Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez believes the quality of the Europa League has been underestimated this season.

The Reds dropped into Uefa’s second-tier competition from the Champions League, along with the likes of Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Marseille, Wolfsburg and tonight’s opponents Unirea Urziceni.

They supplemented a competition which already boasted clubs such as Valencia, Villarreal, Hamburg and Sporting Lisbon – not to mention Premier League sides Fulham and Everton.

And although the Europa League is not where Liverpool expected to be, Benitez believes it will be a difficult trophy to win.

„To be fair, if you analyse the teams that are in the competition there are some very strong teams,” he said.

Liverpool boss says the Europa League is an important competition for the club.

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Benitez: Europa League will be tough

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez believes the quality of the Europa League has been underestimated this season.

The Reds dropped into Uefa’s second-tier competition from the Champions League, along with the likes of Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Marseille, Wolfsburg and tonight’s opponents Unirea Urziceni.

They supplemented a competition which already boasted clubs such as Valencia, Villarreal, Hamburg and Sporting Lisbon – not to mention Premier League sides Fulham and Everton.

And although the Europa League is not where Liverpool expected to be, Benitez believes it will be a difficult trophy to win.

„To be fair, if you analyse the teams that are in the competition there are some very strong teams,” he said.

Liverpool boss says the Europa League is an important competition for the club.

Read the article on ITN

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