Liverpool find themselves in unfamiliar territory as they prepare to embark on a Europa League campaign for the first time since 2015-16. Back then, Jurgen Klopp’s first season at the helm ended with a runners-up finish to Sevilla. While Europe’s second-tier competition is not where Liverpool want to be, Klopp is eager to use it as an opportunity for growth.
«We’ll definitely approach it like this», Klopp affirmed, emphasizing that only players who earn it will feature. «If youngsters are involved, it depends on their quality in the moment. That means we have real talent coming through, but this won’t be experimental».
Klopp continued, «I think if we avoid injury issues, we can field strong XIs on Thursdays and Sundays».
Several fringe Liverpool players stand to benefit from the added European minutes this season. The likes of will be keen to impress Klopp and stake their claims for more regular Premier League action. The Europa League provides the perfect platform to do just that.
Having recently marked a century of appearances for his beloved Liverpool, Curtis Jones finds himself at a career crossroads. The 21-year-old midfielder is still searching for a regular spot in Jurgen Klopp’s preferred starting eleven.
Jones’ stock rose after excelling for England’s Under-21 side in their triumphant UEFA European Championship campaign last summer. However, with new signings bolstering Liverpool’s midfield ranks, Jones faces an uphill battle for playing time.
The Europa League this season represents a prime opportunity for Jones to showcase his abilities. Rotation will be necessary across Liverpool’s congested fixture schedule, and Jones will hope to take any chances that come his way.
With his blend of technical quality, work rate, and Scouse spirit, Jones has all the attributes to become a homegrown hero at Anfield. The upcoming Europa League campaign can serve as a springboard for the academy graduate to finally establish himself as a key figure in Liverpool’s future plans.
Ryan Gravenberch arrived at Liverpool with high expectations after a deadline day switch from Bayern Munich. The highly-touted midfielder made his Reds debut as a late substitute in the win at Wolves.
While providing added squad depth, Gravenberch will be eager for a more prominent role after leaving Bayern due to limited playing time. Unlike Liverpool’s other deadline day signings, Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister, Gravenberch missed out on a full pre-season at his new club.
However, the Europa League presents the perfect opportunity for the Dutch youngster to get up to speed and acclimatize to his new surroundings. Rotations will be necessary across Liverpool’s packed schedule, and Gravenberch will aim to take any chance he gets to impress Jurgen Klopp.
With his blend of technical quality, physicality, and eye for goal, the 20-year-old has all the attributes to shine in Liverpool’s midfield. The upcoming Europa League campaign can serve as a springboard for Gravenberch to quickly establish himself and validate Liverpool’s faith in his potential.
After arriving with high expectations for a reported £64 million fee, Darwin Nunez’s Liverpool career has yet to fully ignite. The Uruguayan was meant to be the Reds’ new attacking spearhead, but erratic early season form saw him dropped to the bench.
Nunez showcased his sharpshooting with two excellent goals against Newcastle, but questions remain over whether Jurgen Klopp fully trusts him to lead the line. A confidence player if ever there was one, Nunez needs regular goals to find his best form.
Liverpool’s upcoming Europa League campaign offers the perfect platform for the 23-year-old to truly kick on. Rotation will be required across a congested schedule, and Nunez will hope to seize any starting opportunities.
Facing weaker European opposition, the Europa League offers Nunez the chance to rack up goals and rebuild his confidence. With his explosive pace, aerial prowess, and ruthless finishing, a firing Nunez could be the catalyst for Liverpool to make a real statement this season.
After an unconvincing start, the next few months are crucial for Nunez to validate his price tag. Liverpool will be eager to see their marquee signing recapture his Benfica goalscoring form in the Europa League and carry it into the Premier League.
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