Exclusive – Europa League victory holds key to Liverpool’s Champions League dreams, claims Aldridge

first_imgJohn Aldridge believes Liverpool’s only chance of qualification for next season’s Champions League comes through victory in the Europa League.The winners of Europe’s secondary competition will be handed a place at next campaign’s top table for the first time.The Reds are currently eight in the Premier League table, seven points behind fourth placed Southampton.Brendan Rodgers’ side dropped down to the Europa League, after failure to progress from their Champions League group earlier this year.And former striker Aldridge insists the Merseysiders must win the competition if they’re to face the cream of Europe next season.“It’s going to be a massive few months for Liverpool,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast show. “The Europa League is our way back into the Champions League because I just can’t see us getting a top four spot.“Every cup competition is really serious now but the Europa League is probably the most important thing for Liverpool this season.”last_img read more