Steven Gerrard insists Liverpool are in the box-seat to progress to the last 16 of the Europa League despite struggling to a 1-0 win over Unirea Urziceni on Thursday.

Rafa Benitez’s side enjoyed the lion’s share of possession at Anfield but could not unlock the Romanian champions’ defence until David Ngog’s close-range header secured the win nine minutes from time.

The Reds will now travel to Bucharest in a week’s time and Gerrard believes Unirea’s need to attack in the second leg will play into the Merseysiders’ hands.

„They were very stubborn but we expected that,” the Liverpool captain said after the game.

„You could say maybe we needed to be a bit more clinical but I think we’ll get more joy away from home.

„But we were patient and the goal came. They’re going to have to come out and try and beat us in the second leg.”

Like Liverpool, Unirea finished third in their UEFA Champions League group, and Gerrard knows they will have to beat some big names if they are to make the final in Hamburg.

„The teams knocked out of the Champions League are fantastic teams and some of the top sides across Europe are in the competition so it’s going to be tough to win it but we’re confident we can go all the way,” added the Reds skipper.

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Gerrard – Hard part over

Steven Gerrard insists Liverpool are in the box-seat to progress to the last 16 of the Europa League despite struggling to a 1-0 win over Unirea Urziceni on Thursday.

Rafa Benitez’s side enjoyed the lion’s share of possession at Anfield but could not unlock the Romanian champions’ defence until David Ngog’s close-range header secured the win nine minutes from time.

The Reds will now travel to Bucharest in a week’s time and Gerrard believes Unirea’s need to attack in the second leg will play into the Merseysiders’ hands.

„They were very stubborn but we expected that,” the Liverpool captain said after the game.

„You could say maybe we needed to be a bit more clinical but I think we’ll get more joy away from home.

„But we were patient and the goal came. They’re going to have to come out and try and beat us in the second leg.”

Like Liverpool, Unirea finished third in their UEFA Champions League group, and Gerrard knows they will have to beat some big names if they are to make the final in Hamburg.

„The teams knocked out of the Champions League are fantastic teams and some of the top sides across Europe are in the competition so it’s going to be tough to win it but we’re confident we can go all the way,” added the Reds skipper.

Liverpool and Everton are both improving and Paul Merson can’t separate them on derby day.

Ian Snodin told Sky Sports News that Everton needn’t fear going to Anfield on Saturday.

Wayne Rooney’s got a century… but how does he compare to his former team-mate? Martin Tyler knows!

Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Wolves in 2004. Can you name the mystery starting XI?

David Ngog saved Liverpool’s blushes as they claimed a 1-0 Europa League win over Unirea Urizceni.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez does not believe the Europa League can be viewed as a poor relation of the UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool begin their Europa League campaign against Unirea Urziceni at Anfield on Thursday.

Joleon Lescott has cranked up the tension ahead of Sunday¿s crucial clash with top four rivals Liverpool.

Steven Gerrard has dismissed suggestions that Liverpool will not be 100% committed in the Europa League.

Read the article on Sky Sports

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