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Rafa predicts tough Unirea

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is refusing to take victory against Unirea Urziceni in the last 32 of the Europa League for granted after being drawn against the Romanian outfit.

The Reds, who drop down to the competition after finishing third in their Champions League group, could have been paired with the likes of Juventus, AS Roma and Benitez accepts it is a winnable tie.

If Liverpool manage to progress against a side that also finished third in their Champions League group behind Sevilla and Stuttgart, they will face the winners of the tie between Lille and Fenerbahce in the last 16.

Benitez said:"It will be a tough game because they were in the Champions League.

"I was following their group because I have some friends in Sevilla and so I know it will be difficult. But we are Liverpool and we have to have confidence.

"The main thing for me is that the game isn't until February so we have plenty of time to prepare and analyse the other team.

"We will be playing a side from another league and another level but winning their title means they are a good team. They went very close in the Champions League so we know it will be tough.

"For us every competition and every game is important and the Europa League gives us an opportunity to win a trophy. We will look to progress as far as we can."

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