In recent years the European Cup has been the be all and end all for our team. Lacking the strength in-depth to challenge for the league title we’ve put all our hopes on winning the biggest competition in world club football. Now, we have the chance to challenge for the league title, but that’s not to say we shouldn’t give it priority over beating Europe’s elite.
The European Cup is more than just single competition. It gives us hope, in times when things are going wrong domestically a win in the European Cup can change our fortunes. A win in against one of the top teams in Europe hss the ability to inspire players, fans and even the backroom staff like nothing else. Madrid last year was a prime example. Before we went into the game at the Bernabeu the reds’ had seen a number of frustrating draws both home and away. No one was expecting a Liverpool win in those two games in Spain and back on Merseyside and no one expected us to demolish Manchester United at home either, it’s just what the European Cup can do.
So, going into the game with Debreceni tonight every player needs to be up for it, as they have to be for every group game this over the next few months. Because if we don’t take the European Cup seriously then it can have a major effect on our league performance, especially in the crucial months between January and May. The European Cup has the power to give everyone hope, we’ve seen some amazing fixtures which have inspired not just our players and fans but the players and fan of clubs all around the world, that’s how much of an impact this competition can have and it’s not to be underestimated.