Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness has claimed that his old team will be too strong for Hearts in their Europa League play-off first leg on Thursday night. Reported in the Liverpool
He said: “I just feel Liverpool will have too much quality in too many areas and I think that will decide the tie. Hearts would need more than half the Liverpool team to have two off nights to have a chance. There is a gulf between the Premier league in England and the SPL in Scotland right now.”
Liverpool come into the fixture against Hearts having lost 3-0 to West Brom at the weekend, despite being favourites for that game as well. Summer signings Joe Allen and Fabio Borini both featured in the opener but were unable to stop a rampant Baggies side.
To get to this stage the Premier League side had to overcome the challenge of FC Gomel, which they did by winning 1-0 away and 3-0 at home. Hearts gained automatic qualification for the Europa League play-offs by virtue of winning the Scottish Cup.
Souness added that the Liverpool we know today are a different entity to the one he played for but argued that they still command respect on the field. He continued: “Although Liverpool aren’t the force they were, they’re still arguably the second biggest club in England. They’re still an enormous club on the world stage so you have to respect their fantastic European pedigree. It’ll be a different Liverpool to last year but it’ll still be a very strong Liverpool.”
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