Jerzy Dudek believes Liverpool can win Europa League

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Former Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek insists that the Europa League is a good chance for Liverpool to fight and win a trophy. 

As one of Liverpool's heroes of the 2005 Champions League Final, Dudek is now an ambassador for the competition with it being held in Warsaw and admitted his perfect outcome for the tournament. 


"I think it would be great for me as an ambassador to see both Feyenoord and Liverpool in the final. 

"This is the perfect opportunity for Liverpool, although they aren't in the Champions League, to fight and to win a trophy," the 41-year-old said. 

Brendan Rodgers' men were handed one of the tougher draws of all the English clubs, as they face Besiktas in the last 32 of the competition. 

Liverpool needed to beat FC Basel in order to progress in the Champions League, and despite a fantastic Steven Gerrard free-kick late on, they could only manage a 1-1 draw. Now, they will turn their focus to progressing in the Europa League, with the two legs set to be played on the 19th and 26th February. 


Last time the two sides met was back in 2007 in the Champions League, when The Reds humiliated the Turkish club, stuffing them 8-0 at Anfield. Yossi Benayoun bagged a hat-trick that day, whilst Ryan Babel and Peter Crouch netted two each, with Gerrard scoring the other. 

Besiktas will be eager for revenge when the sides meet next year, and board member Ahmet Nur Cebi is confident they can defeat Liverpool. 


"Liverpool should be more concerned about us than we are about them. We will knock Liverpool out of the competition. There is an account which wasn't settled in England from previous years. Yes, I mean that 8-0 defeat. We'll settle the account now," he said.

Everton probably came away with the best draw going into the last 32 of the of the competition, as they take on Young Boys for the first time in the club's history. 

Tottenham also have a hard draw, as they face Group K winners, Fiorentina - who did have a relatively straightforward group, but still pose a threat to Spurs. Finally, Celtic will play Inter Milan, who finished comfortable winners of Group F.

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