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Alan Green: No joy for Liverpool in Europe

It’s been a troubled week for Liverpool what with the Mascherano business and some very poor displays.

It must have been hard taking to the pitch in Turkey knowing that, normally, you’d only be thinking of the Champions League fixtures that lay ahead and I think it’s actually worse that they went on to qualify for the Europa League group stages.

Yes, I know, games against Napoli, Steaua Bucharest and Utrecht aren’t unattractive but this is an awful miss-mash of a tournament and one that requires you to effectively play half-a-season of Premier League fixtures merely to reach the final.

When Roy Hodgson left the likes of Gerrard and Torres behind on Merseyside I thought he was half-hoping to get knocked out so that he can concentrate on a good domestic campaign.

Instead, Liverpool face an avalanche of Thursday night and Sunday afternoon games lying ahead of them and for what: the piddling financial rewards of the Europa League?

Think England, not Europe, Roy.

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