Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will go all out to win the Europa League this season, with the competition being their best route back into the Champions League for next term, according to reports from the Mirror.
For the first time, Europe’s second tier competition will give the winners a place in the Champions League, adding an extra incentive to win the tournament.
And with the Reds currently nine points off fourth place Manchester City, Klopp will field his strongest team on Thursday night as he sees it as the best way to re-enter the European Cup.
“A few teams in the world can think about winning the Europa League and I think we are one of these teams – we are not one of the clubs that says, ‘We have no chance’,” he said.
“I cannot say now, ‘This is our only chance of being in the Champions League’. It’s a chance.
“How many points in the league are we away from the Champions League? I think it is nine. So, yeah, at this moment I would say we have a better chance this way at the moment.”
Liverpool will face Bundesliga club Ausburg in the round of 32 this week, with the first leg being played in Germany before the return fixture at Anfield on the 26th of February.
Then, Klopp’s men will face Man City in the Capital One Cup final the following weekend, which could give Liverpool their first trophy since their FA Cup triumph back in 2006.