Former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson believes the Merseysiders have an excellent chance of winning the Europa League this season.

The 63-year-old took Fulham to the final of the same competition last year and was unbeaten in 10 European matches during his brief spell in charge with Liverpool.

Hodgson left Anfield in January after a series of poor results in the Barclays Premier League but harbours no ill-feeling towards Liverpool - and hopes and believes the Reds can all the way in Europe.

"I can see Liverpool going all the way in Europe - and I sincerely hope they do," the new West Brom boss was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“Their senior players will now be fit and they will put what they think is their strongest team for the quarter-finals.

“I think the team did extremely well in the Europa League when I was there. Those 10 matches we had were very tough, against very good opposition - arguably one or two of the teams were stronger than those you meet in the last 32.

“We got to that stage without using the bulk of our senior players. Steven Gerrard played a game and a half and Fernando Torres played just one.


 

“I don’t think Raul Meireles or Glen Johnson played at all, so it was guys like Martin Kelly, Jonjo Shelvey and Jay Spearing that got us through."

Liverpool take on Braga in the last 16 on Thursday night but will have to make do without captain Steven Gerrard who continues to struggle with his fitness.

However, Liverpool will be buoyed by the news that Andy Carroll is available for selection for the first time in the Europa League.

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