Featured Matches
Previous
Colorado
Chivas USA
1:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Morelia
Atlas
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Santos
Cruz Azul
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Gimnasia La Plata
Argentinos Juniors
9:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Newell's Old Boys
Talleres de Córdoba
12:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Standard Liege
Royal Charleroi SC
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Queen's Park
Berwick Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Grimsby Town
Mansfield Town
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Morecambe
Preston North End
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Tranmere Rovers
Bolton Wanderers
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
AFC Bournemouth
Southampton
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Philadelphia Union
Crystal Palace
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
West Ham United
Sydney FC
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Wellington Phoenix FC
Newcastle United
4:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Queen's Park
Berwick Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Standard Liege
Royal Charleroi SC
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Vestsjaelland
Odense BK
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
UCD
Derry City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bohemians
Cork
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Shamrock
Drogheda Utd
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Colorado
Chivas USA
1:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Morelia
Atlas
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Santos
Cruz Azul
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Gimnasia La Plata
Argentinos Juniors
9:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Newell's Old Boys
Talleres de Córdoba
12:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlante
Altamira
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Mineros de Zacatecas
Necaxa
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Oeste
Luverdense
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
América RN
América Mineiro
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Boa MG
Bragantino
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Antofagasta
Audax Italiano
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Real Garcilaso
Melgar
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Nacional
Deportivo Capiatá
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Western New York Flash
Boston Breakers
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
Apr 11, 2013

Rodgers sees benefit of Europe absence

Liverpool could benefit from a season out of Europe as they bid to build a squad strong enough to compete at the top of the Premier League, according to Brendan Rodgers.

• Blog: Summer plans needed

The manager faces a battle to secure European qualification for next season, as his side lie seventh in the Premier League with six games to go.

A place in the Champions League looks to be out of reach as they are nine points adrift of a top-four spot, with six games left.

Even qualification for the Europa League, which would only be guaranteed by finishing fifth, looks a difficult task. Liverpool have seven points to make up on Arsenal, who currently occupy fifth spot.

Rodgers wants to be in Europe next season, but feels that being able to concentrate solely on domestic competitions in the 2013-14 campaign might benefit the club in the long term.

The manager, who guided Liverpool to the Europa League's last 32 this season, said: "It's a double-edged sword for us. We want to be in Europe, the players want to be in there, the supporters want to be in there.

"As a manager, it's a great test, and I really enjoy those games. I really enjoyed the Europa League this year.

"But you could argue that having one season out of Europe would give us an even greater chance next season of really challenging at the top of the league in that top four, because that is a really difficult task now with the number of teams up there, and with the finances involved, that are way beyond what we have.

"This would give us a really good run to do that. But ultimately, we're a club who want to be in Europe. We want to have a squad strong enough to cope with European football and the domestic league and cups.

"We're going to finish as high as we can. If we don't get into Europe, it might be a blessing for us next year.

"But we are certainly a club who want to be in European football."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.