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No Fair Play for Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he wants to qualify for Europe, but not through the Fair Play league.

Last Updated: 02/05/13 at 09:00 Post Comment   

Brendan Rodgers: Wants to get into Europe via the league

Brendan Rodgers: Wants to get into Europe via the league

Currently Liverpool are second behind Arsenal, who look set for a top-five finish which would rule them out.

That would than give Rodgers' side a chance of being picked to take up a slot in the qualifying stage of the Europa League.

But Rodgers says they do not want to go down that route.

"I've never thought of it, maybe we should get a couple of sendings-off or bookings," the Liverpool boss told the Daily Mirror.

"There's a pride thing and we want to get into it with our performance level and it's highly unlikely we'd get that route [anyway].

"It's the top three countries and we're fourth. It's not something I would be keen on. I want to get there through the right means.

"If we have to have a year where we are not in it, it's going to give us an opportunity to push on.

"It was a long journey in the Europa League this year. Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed it and we were disappointed when we came out of it, but I think down the Fair Play route means the competition starts even earlier.

"I'd prefer to be in it by qualifying through the league or winning a trophy.

"If it's not that way then, we as a club are better suited to re-aligning our focus to domestic cups and the league."

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