Emiliano Insua knows Liverpool must approach the Europa League with the same mentality they would if they were still in the Champions League.

Having failed to make it through the group stage for the first time in manager Rafael Benitez’s reign of almost six years, the Reds are facing up to the reality of UEFA’s second-tier competition.

Romanian opponents Unirea Urziceni also dropped out of the Champions League this season but their expectations on their first appearance among Europe’s elite will have been a lot lower than Liverpool’s.

But Insua insists the Reds have to call on their vast European experience to get them through what will be an unfamiliar challenge for many of the squad.

„It is a bit strange to see Liverpool in the Europa League but we have to approach the game like we’re playing in the Champions League,” said the Argentinian left-back.

„We want to win a trophy this season and the only one we can win is the Europa League because we are a bit far behind in the Premier League.

„It would be very nice for us. We have to leave the disappointment [of a Champions League exit] behind us and play the next game as best we can.

The 21-year-old defender, who has emerged as Liverpool’s first-choice left-back this season, admits they have to make a statement against Unirea on Thursday.

„We have to go into the game with confidence and push them at Anfield and go for the win while also keeping them quiet,” he said.

thepaxton : „…Apparently Hiddink offered his services to Liverpool to start next season (before he accepted the Turkey job), but was told that they are sticking with Benitez. I think thats a good move by the Liverpool board, it’s pret…”   

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Insua calls for Europa focus

Emiliano Insua knows Liverpool must approach the Europa League with the same mentality they would if they were still in the Champions League.

Having failed to make it through the group stage for the first time in manager Rafael Benitez’s reign of almost six years, the Reds are facing up to the reality of UEFA’s second-tier competition.

Romanian opponents Unirea Urziceni also dropped out of the Champions League this season but their expectations on their first appearance among Europe’s elite will have been a lot lower than Liverpool’s.

But Insua insists the Reds have to call on their vast European experience to get them through what will be an unfamiliar challenge for many of the squad.

„It is a bit strange to see Liverpool in the Europa League but we have to approach the game like we’re playing in the Champions League,” said the Argentinian left-back.

„We want to win a trophy this season and the only one we can win is the Europa League because we are a bit far behind in the Premier League.

„It would be very nice for us. We have to leave the disappointment [of a Champions League exit] behind us and play the next game as best we can.

The 21-year-old defender, who has emerged as Liverpool’s first-choice left-back this season, admits they have to make a statement against Unirea on Thursday.

„We have to go into the game with confidence and push them at Anfield and go for the win while also keeping them quiet,” he said.

thepaxton : „…Apparently Hiddink offered his services to Liverpool to start next season (before he accepted the Turkey job), but was told that they are sticking with Benitez. I think thats a good move by the Liverpool board, it’s pret…”   

Read the article on Team talk

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