Liverpool boss Rodgers rules out Europa League success

Brendan Rodgers has warned Liverpool fans not to expect the side to go far in the Europa League, claiming that he lacks the squad to compete in both the Premier League and European competition, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Liverpool play Young Boys in Switzerland on Thursday evening, with Rodgers having left eight first team players at home and called up seven teenagers in their place. The Mirror adds that only on-loan midfielder Nuri Sahin, borrowed for a season from Real Madrid, is likely to be part of both the squad to play in Bern and the squad that meets Manchester United on Sunday.

Rodgers revealed he believed the players looked tired in their last post-Europa League encounter, a 2-0 home defeat against Arsenal, and insisted he did not want to take the risk of a repeat when United visit Anfield.

The managed added that while he would welcome Europa League success, he did not think it was likely. He said: “There is no shying away from it, I’d love to do well in the competition, but I need to manage it alongside other priorities. I’d love to be able to enter a team in every competition with a real chance of winning. But the reality is we need to see where we go and I need to manage game-by-game.

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