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Liverpool u-turn on potential place in Europe

Liverpool will accept a place in the Europa League if they are offered it through UEFA’s Fair Play league.

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The Reds would qualify for the second qualifying round of Europa League if they can keep their discipline in their final three games of the season and if England finishes in the top 3 most fair playing countries in Europe.

England is currently fourth in the rankings.

Earlier this week Reds boss Brendan Rodgers had suggested Liverpool would do without the opportunity if it came about, with pre-season plans firmly in place to tour Asia and Australia.

The early start date of the Europa League second qualifying round on 19th July would mean the Reds would have to rethink their summer travel plans.

He is quoted on ESPN as saying, “I think, as a football club, you have to [accept any place in Europe]. I don’t think it’s something you turn down, if you get the opportunity to go into European football.

“The journey we had this year in the Europa League was something all the players thoroughly enjoyed.

“It was a great exercise for us. We were bitterly disappointed to go out, and if we get the chance to do it again, then for sure we will.

“We want to be in European competition however it comes, but we’d prefer to go down the football route.”

Liverpool’s Europa League campaign this season was ended by Zenit St Petersburg.

Chelsea and Benfica will contest in the final in Amsterdam later this month.

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