Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: Premier League is our priority

Brendan Rodgers says the Premier League will be Liverpool's priority this season ahead of their Europa League campaign

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Brendan Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager in May Photo: WBUR, via Flickr

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Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool’s priority this season will be the Premier League as the Reds prepare for the first leg of their Europa League third-round qualifier against FC Gomel on Thursday.

The 39-year-old replaced Kenny Dalglish at the Anfield helm after the Scot led the club to a disappointing eighth-place finish in the league, and Rodgers is keen to improve on last season’s performance.

“I don’t want to disrespect the competition [Europa League] but there’s no doubt the league is our priority and we want to finish as high as we possibly can,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.

“The Europa League is a competition we’d like to do well in. Obviously to do well in it you’ve got to play a lot of games and hopefully that will be the case, as when you play for Liverpool every tournament and every game is a priority.

“I never look too further than the next game and that is Belarus on Thursday and we are looking forward to it.”

Rodgers is set to experience the rigours of club management on the European stage for the first time when he oversees the Reds’ trip to Belarus.

“It’s great because it takes me into Europe as a manager for the first time,” he added.

“I’ve obviously coached younger teams all across the world and the reality is the tactics don’t really change so much – the difference being there are pressures on the game because it’s at senior level, but it’s great for me because every manager needs a start.

“In my early years as manager so far I’ve loved every minute and now this is the next challenge to go into Europe, and to lead a team like Liverpool is fantastic.”

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