Kenny Dalglish is using the Rangers friendly tonight to give the Liverpool squad some much-needed European experience, as the Reds aim to repeat their glory days and finish in the top four once more.
Liverpool missed out on Europa League qualification last season to Tottenham, but Dalglish is keen to get the squad facing competition throughout Europe so next season, should they make it back into the tournament, the players won’t be shell shocked.
And the manager believes that when Liverpool take on Rangers tonight, new faces Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing in particular will get some much-needed experience playing abroad.
"For us it's important that our players, especially the new ones we've brought in who don't have a great deal of experience of playing football outside of England, to get a bit of an idea of what it's like to play somewhere else,” Dalglish explained to the official Liverpool website.
"It's not a big step, it's not too detached from England, but it's a wee bit of experience which could help us if we progress the way we'd like to progress as a football club.
"It'll be of great benefit to most of the players who haven't experienced it before. Everybody gains from playing teams in other leagues.
“You can't replicate a Champions League game against Rangers because neither of us are in it, but we go up and get an idea of what it might be like.”
Dalglish insisted that while the friendly isn’t as important as a Barclays Premier League game, he still wants to take a competitive team to Scotland to give the players more experience and time to gel with one another.
"We'll go up there with as strong a team as we possibly can,” he said.
"Obviously we've got to get an education for some of the players who've just come to the club and some of the younger ones in the club. But we'll go up to Glasgow and we know it'll be a competitive game and that'll be beneficial to everybody.”
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