Rodgers says Liverpool serious about Europa League

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is determined to give the Europa League a serious shake.

In the group stage he took several opportunities to rest the likes of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez but both have travelled to Russia in virtually a full-strength squad.

"It is a competition we want to do well in as it is the last cup competition we are involved in," he said ahead of their clash at Zenit St Petersburg.

"We want to progress in the tournament. The only focus is for tomorrow.

"We have put a lot of work in during this competition in the early part of this season and I had it in my mind that when we qualified we could have a really good go at trying to win this competition.

"We've won it before so we take great pride in being a winning club at Liverpool and that is something we want to continue this season."

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