PAT NEVIN claims Liverpool would be better off winning the Europa League than finishing in the domestic top four.

The Everton winger turned TV pundit insists the Reds need trophies far more than the cash boost of qualifying for the Champions League.

Liverpool host Romanians Unirea Urziceni in the Europa last-32 first leg on Thursday night.

And former Scotland star Nevin said: „I am not sure missing out on the top four for one season would make that much difference.

„Obviously the finance is there and if the situation stayed the same for three years, it would be a major issue.

„But what Liverpool crave is status. Winning a major European trophy gives you that, even if it is not the competition you want.

Beating Unirea would pair Liverpool with Lille or Fenerbahce.

And Nevin believes Rafa Benitez’s men are finally equipped for glory.

He said: „When you look back to December, they were nowhere near good enough.

„But slowly it seems they are managing to turn things around.

„There is more steel about them. They are more competitive, probably too competitive during the match against Everton recently.”

Nevin added: „People have spoken about Liverpool being nothing without Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

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Eur gonna have to win the cup

PAT NEVIN claims Liverpool would be better off winning the Europa League than finishing in the domestic top four.

The Everton winger turned TV pundit insists the Reds need trophies far more than the cash boost of qualifying for the Champions League.

Liverpool host Romanians Unirea Urziceni in the Europa last-32 first leg on Thursday night.

And former Scotland star Nevin said: „I am not sure missing out on the top four for one season would make that much difference.

„Obviously the finance is there and if the situation stayed the same for three years, it would be a major issue.

„But what Liverpool crave is status. Winning a major European trophy gives you that, even if it is not the competition you want.

Beating Unirea would pair Liverpool with Lille or Fenerbahce.

And Nevin believes Rafa Benitez’s men are finally equipped for glory.

He said: „When you look back to December, they were nowhere near good enough.

„But slowly it seems they are managing to turn things around.

„There is more steel about them. They are more competitive, probably too competitive during the match against Everton recently.”

Nevin added: „People have spoken about Liverpool being nothing without Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

Read the article on The Sun

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