What are the “Right Means” to get into the Europa League?

Brendan Rodgers doesn’t want to play in the Europa League if Liverpool qualifies through the UEFA Respect Fair Play rankings.

By Bill Farnham

“I want to get [to the Europa League] through the right means, through our performance level, and if we have to have a year where we are not in Europe it is going to give us an opportunity to push on.”

Brendan Rodgers, in reference to potential qualification for the Europa League in 2014 through the UEFA Respect Fair Play rankings, as reported in the Guardian May 1, 2013.

There are lots of potential responses to this statement from Brendan Rodgers, however I’d like to offer perhaps the simplest one as a starting point: Rodgers is dead wrong.

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Finishing eighth not an option for Liverpool

By John Dutton

“We are Liverpool, we can’t finish eighth.”

– Steven Gerrard

So said Liverpool’s beloved captain last Friday in an interview on the LFC website. He’s right of course, but you know what: last season marked the 50th in a row that Liverpool has finished among the first eight places in top-flight English football, starting with the club’s return to the old First Division under Bill Shankly back in 1962-63. Continue reading