Jurgen Klopp's latest comments regarding the Europa League should excite the Liverpool faithful.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, the revered German coach claims he wouldn't send a crop of youngsters to Spain to play European giants Real Madrid while he suggested that he's not worried about his side having to manage the demands of European and domestic football.
Fielding a strong Liverpool side in Russia on Thursday night, Klopp's side secured their first Europa League win of the season as they beat Rubin Kazan by one goal to nil.
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And the enigmatic manager appears to be ready for the European challenge, as he told reporters: “If you play Champions League, you are playing Wednesday and Saturday.
“Nobody says ‘okay, come on, go to Real Madrid with 17 year old guys!’ – that is not fair for them. They get experience but not the experience they should get.
“Where is the difference (with Thursday and Sunday)? Is the only benefit that you like the other tournament more?"
Klopp's attitude towards the Europa League shouldn't be underestimated. Ultimately, the Kop will remember only too well when Brendan Rodgers took a rather inexperienced side to the Bernabeu last season. On that night, the Reds were beaten in what proved to be a dismal European campaign.
Rodgers' attitude towards the competition wasn't good enough, but Klopp is superior to his predecessor. Things are different under the new regime; Klopp, of course, will be sensible in his approach, but he will be desperate to secure silverware for the club.
The Europa League represents an opportunity for Liverpool and, under the guidance of Klopp, they could actually win the competition.
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