Europa League

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits their Europa League exit may yet prove to be a blessing in disguise. The Reds' run in the competition,...
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Thursday, February 26, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg match against Besiktas JK at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool may have crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday, but it's not all bad. Henry Jackson selects five reasons to be cheerful...
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Thursday, February 26, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers before the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg match against Besiktas JK at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers did not look for excuses after his side lost to Besiktas on penalties on their return to the Ataturk Stadium. The...
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Thursday, February 26, 2015: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren looks dejected after missing the vital fifth penalty against Besiktas JK in the shoot-out after a 1-1 aggregate draw during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg match at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool crashed out of the Europa League against Besiktas on Thursday evening. We round-up the social media reaction on a deeply disappointing evening for...
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Thursday, February 26, 2015: Besiktas JK's Tolgay Ali Arslan scores the first goal against Liverpool during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg match at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool lost 5-4 on penalties to Besiktas on Thursday evening, having lost 1-0 in normal time, as Dejan Lovren's missed penalty saw the Reds...
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Thursday, February 26, 2015: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli inspects the pitch before the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg match against Besiktas JK at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Kolo Toure, Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge come into the Liverpool side for Thursday evening's Europa League last-32 second-leg encounter with Besiktas in Istanbul.
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Wednesday, February 25, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during a press conference at the Sabiha Gokcen Airport Hotel ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg match against Besiktas JK. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool resume Europa League action on Thursday night (6pm GMT kick off) in a crunch second leg against Besiktas at the historic Ataturk Stadium....
MONACO, FRANCE - Friday, August 24, 2001: Liverpool's players line-up for a team group photo before the Super Cup Final against Bayern Mu?nchen at the Stade Louis II. Back row (l-r) Jamie Carragher, Emile Heskey, goalkeeper Sander Westerveld, Marcus Babbel, Gary McAllister, Dietmar Hamann. Front row (l-r) Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, John Arne Riise, captain Sami Hyypia, Stephane Henchoz. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Europa League, FA Cup and top four aspirations, Liverpool are fighting on three fronts this season, drawing parallels with the 2000/01 season. We...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, February 19, 2015: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring the first goal against Besiktas JK from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Following Liverpool’s narrow 1-0 win against the Turkish giants, Ben Twelves picks five discussion points from the hard-fought encounter. Brendan Rodgers’ Reds will take a...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, February 19, 2015: Liverpool's players line up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match against Besiktas JK at Anfield. Front row L-R: Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Martin Skrtel, Emre Can, Jordon Ibe. Front row L-R: Jordan Henderson, Alberto Moreno, Joe Allen, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Philippe Coutinho Correia. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After Liverpool’s tight 1-0 victory at home to Besiktas in the Europa League, Jack Lusby provides his players ratings for the Reds. It won’t go...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, February 19, 2015: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring the first goal against Besiktas JK from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas Europa League, Last 32, First Leg Anfield, Thursday, 19th February, 2015 Goal: Balotelli 85 After a slow start to the game, the end of the...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 18, 2015: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge and manager Brendan Rodgers during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st leg match against Besiktas JK at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool begin Europa League action on Thursday night when they host Turkish league leaders Besiktas at Anfield. Ben Twelves takes a look at the...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, November 4, 2010: Liverpool's hat-trick hero captain Steven Gerrard MBE applauds the supporters after his three goals sealed a 3-1 victory over SSC Napoli during the UEFA Europa League Group K Matchday 4 match at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A second-tier competition it may be, but the UEFA Cup / Europa League has always been part of our great European history, writes Simon...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 18, 2015: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge and manager Brendan Rodgers during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st leg match against Besiktas JK at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Liverpool’s European campaign due to resume, we must now prepare for a demanding fixture list that could make or break our season, writes...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 18, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st leg match against Besiktas JK at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With the winners of this year’s Europa league getting a place in next year’s Champions League there is increased incentive for teams to take...
11.11.2011, Turk Telekom Arena, Istambul, TUR, UEFA EURO Qualifikation, Tuerkei (TUR) vs Kroatien (CRO), im Bild Slaven Bilic // during the UEFA EURO qualifying football match, between Turkey (TUR) and Craoatia (CRO) at Turk Telekom Arena Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey on 11/11/2011. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Pixsell/ Slavko Midzor..***** ATTENTION - OUT OF GER, CRO *****

Liverpool’s next Europa League challenge comes in the form of Turkish giants Besiktas, and here Jack Lusby provides an overview. View image | gettyimages.com Liverpool welcome...
05.12.2012, Stadio Friuli, Udine, ITA, UEFA EL, Udinese Calcio vs FC Liverpool, Gruppe A, Training, FC Liverpool, im Bild Schriftzug "UEFA Europa League", steht die zweithoechste Spielklasse der UEFa vor dem aus? // Banner "UEFA Europa League", is the second highest division of UEFA out before? during Training of Liverpool FC before the UEFA Europa League group A match between Udinese Calcio and Liverpool FC at the Stadio Friuli, Udinese, Italy on 2012/12/05. EXPA Pictures © 2012, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ Juergen Feichter

Liverpool return to European action this week, but not in the competition we'd like to have been. Rowan Dix isn't very enthused at the...
05.12.2012, Stadio Friuli, Udine, ITA, UEFA EL, Udinese Calcio vs FC Liverpool, Gruppe A, Training, FC Liverpool, im Bild Schriftzug "UEFA Europa League", steht die zweithoechste Spielklasse der UEFa vor dem aus? // Banner "UEFA Europa League", is the second highest division of UEFA out before? during Training of Liverpool FC before the UEFA Europa League group A match between Udinese Calcio and Liverpool FC at the Stadio Friuli, Udinese, Italy on 2012/12/05. EXPA Pictures © 2012, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ Juergen Feichter

Liverpool return to European action, albeit the competition we didn't want to be in, with the Europa League round of 32 this week. Here's...
05.12.2012, Stadio Friuli, Udine, ITA, UEFA EL, Udinese Calcio vs FC Liverpool, Gruppe A, Training, FC Liverpool, im Bild Schriftzug "UEFA Europa League", steht die zweithoechste Spielklasse der UEFa vor dem aus? // Banner "UEFA Europa League", is the second highest division of UEFA out before? during Training of Liverpool FC before the UEFA Europa League group A match between Udinese Calcio and Liverpool FC at the Stadio Friuli, Udinese, Italy on 2012/12/05. EXPA Pictures © 2012, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ Juergen Feichter

Liverpool have been drawn against Turkish side Besiktas, setting up a return to Istanbul and the Ataturk Stadium - the scene of their 2005...

It's the competition we didn't want to be in - but with this season's Europa League winners earning a place in next year's Champions...

It's the competition nobody wanted to be in, but Liverpool fans must face up to life in the Europa League after the dismal Champions...
05.12.2012, Stadio Friuli, Udine, ITA, UEFA EL, Udinese Calcio vs FC Liverpool, Gruppe A, Training, FC Liverpool, im Bild Schriftzug "UEFA Europa League", steht die zweithoechste Spielklasse der UEFa vor dem aus? // Banner "UEFA Europa League", is the second highest division of UEFA out before? during Training of Liverpool FC before the UEFA Europa League group A match between Udinese Calcio and Liverpool FC at the Stadio Friuli, Udinese, Italy on 2012/12/05. EXPA Pictures © 2012, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ Juergen Feichter

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has pledged to fight to make the rest of the season a success after the blow of an early Champions...
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 25, 2013: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Manchester United's David Moyes during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Europa League is lambasted by many as an unwelcome distraction to the domestic league season, so should Liverpool fans be wishing that on...
05.12.2012, Stadio Friuli, Udine, ITA, UEFA EL, Udinese Calcio vs FC Liverpool, Gruppe A, Training, FC Liverpool, im Bild Schriftzug "UEFA Europa League", steht die zweithoechste Spielklasse der UEFa vor dem aus? // Banner "UEFA Europa League", is the second highest division of UEFA out before? during Training of Liverpool FC before the UEFA Europa League group A match between Udinese Calcio and Liverpool FC at the Stadio Friuli, Udinese, Italy on 2012/12/05. EXPA Pictures © 2012, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ Juergen Feichter

The much-derided competition was a huge burden on Liverpool last season, with its tricky schedule affecting their league form drastically. Henry Jackson (@OnFootballTweet) looks...

Steve takes a look at why Liverpool not being in Europe for the 2013/14 season might not be such a bad thing after all. As...

Nathan Steenson looks at why Liverpool not being in Europe during the 2013/14 campaign is not all doom and gloom. There are some things in...

Liverpool will not be offered the chance to compete in next season's Europa League after England's overall disciplinary record finished ninth in UEFA's Fair...

Liverpool will accept a place in the Europa League if they are offered it through UEFA's Fair Play league. The Reds would qualify for the...

Liverpool will not look to qualify for next season's Europa League through UEFA's bonus places by finishing high the Fair Play League. UEFA offer clubs...

With Liverpool set to play host to their old manager this week, Marco Lopes explores the feelings of some fans towards the old and...