Soccer – Reaction: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard remains confident the Reds can win the Europa League despite struggling to beat Romanians Unirea Urziceni last night in the first leg of their last-32 clash.

Rafael Benitez’s side dominated proceedings at Anfield but could not break their opponents down until David Ngog’s late strike, which earned them a 1-0 victory.

Gerrard said: „They were very stubborn but we expected that. 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 Champions League group, and Gerrard knows they will have to beat some big names if they are to make the final in Hamburg.

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Gerrard upbeat despite lethargic win

Soccer – Reaction: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard remains confident the Reds can win the Europa League despite struggling to beat Romanians Unirea Urziceni last night in the first leg of their last-32 clash.

Rafael Benitez’s side dominated proceedings at Anfield but could not break their opponents down until David Ngog’s late strike, which earned them a 1-0 victory.

Gerrard said: „They were very stubborn but we expected that. 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 Champions League group, and Gerrard knows they will have to beat some big names if they are to make the final in Hamburg.

Read the article on Irish Times

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