Liverpool line-ups for Europa League games of yesteryear have, at times, gone viral for all the wrong reasons.
For example, how often have we all been told ‘You won’t believe the Liverpool starting XI that played away at Napoli in 2010’ over the past 13 years? The bench named against Atletico Madrid for a Europa League semi-final the previous season is also an ‘infamous’ favourite.
Inevitably, the Reds have rarely been best pleased to play in UEFA’s secondary competition, taking place on Thursday nights in the shadow of the Champions League. Be it under the watch of Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers, or even the early days of Jurgen Klopp, line-ups were rotated accordingly, littered with fringe players and youngsters.
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David Amoo, Milan Jovanovic, Dani Pacheco, David Ngog, Christian Poulsen, Paul Konchesky, Nathan Eccleston, and Danny Wilson all started for Hodgson, while Rodgers handed starts to Adam Morgan, Andre Wisdom, Oussama Assaidi, Jack Robinson, and Conor Coady, while also fielding Stewart Downing at left-back, in his initial Europa League tenure.
Jordan Rossiter, Pedro Chirivella, and Cameron Brannagan would also all feature in his final months before handing over to Klopp. Unsurprisingly, such exploits are not looked back on too fondly by supporters, even before considering what has followed in the last eight years since they last competed in the competition.
Having competed in three Champions League finals in the past five years, Liverpool head into their latest Europa League expedition as clear favourites. And while it’s obviously not whereRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk