Liverpool will be taking the Europa League seriously

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Liverpool will be looking to get their season back on track with a positive result in the opening game of their Uefa Europa League campaign.

The Reds suffered two successive league defeats to West Ham United and rivals Manchester United and are in desperate need of a better result against French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, whom they face on Thursday.

It's safe to say that the Europa League is usually seen as a distraction is taken for granted, especially by the Premier League's top sides. The traditional Thursday night fixture often hampers teams' preparations with injury or fatigue worries ahead of their next league game.


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However, despite all of that, Liverpool are in search of some silverware this season and remain keen to do well in the competition, that is according to Liverpool legend and first-team coach Gary McAllister.

The Scotsman has experienced the joy of European success with the Reds and insisted that there is no shortage of desire to emulate such a feat this season.

"Having experienced it as the UEFA Cup, it's very important as far as I'm concerned" the 50-year-old told Liverpool's official website.

"It brought me some wonderful memories, and it was a fantastic final against Alaves so, for me, my take on it is that we want to go as far as we possibly can.

"It's a long run, it's a lot of games - but once you get to the nitty gritty of the last eight it's obviously a competition worth winning and Liverpool have got a history of winning it.

"My generation of player, I associate Liverpool with success in Europe, whether it be in the old UEFA Cup, the old European Cup - or Champions League and Europa League.

"So I'm sure it's something the manager and everybody here, all of the players, want to do well in."

The Rodgers approach

It's clear that McAllister believes in Liverpool's chances in the Europa League this season and that belief was reflected in Brendan Rodgers' press conference on Wednesday night ahead of the tie against Bordeaux.

Rodgers would've expected his approach towards the competition to be questioned after leaving six of his senior players out of the squad, but the Liverpool boss is adamant that he made the right decision.

He told reporters: "My approach is what I did in this competition when I first came in, we played players that needed games and it's my chance to look at some young players as well.

"Back then we finished top of the group and qualified, and that's the objective. It's very much the same here - we pick a team to win the game."

Chance for youngsters

Whether or not Rodgers made the right decision remains to be seen but this game will be a great chance for some of the younger players to impress their manager.

The likes of Jordan Ibe, Divock Origi and Liverpool-born Jordan Rossiter will be looking to stake a claim for a spot in the first-team whilst 18-year old Joe Gomez can build on a decent start to his Liverpool career.

Nothing but a win will do for the Reds, a positive result from this game should set them up nicely for their next league encounter against Norwich City at Anfield.

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