Brendan Rodgers has been handed two major assignments as manager of Liverpool Football Club:
- Improve attacking play
- Achieve better results in the league
The Fenway Sports Group (FSG) will likely evaluate their new chief almost exclusively based on these criteria.
The decision to release Rodgers' predecessor further underscores this point. Impressive displays across both domestic tournaments were not enough to save Kenny Dalglish's job. The club's new boss thus takes over knowing that similar failings could yield a similar verdict if form fails to improve.
Yet, in the relative frenzy over the chase for a prized top-four position—Liverpool does not necessarily need to give in entirely elsewhere. Unilateral focus on the EPL is not required.
The fact is that they are a big club. Certainly some of the older players, such as Jaime Carragher and Steven Gerrard, cannot play every match at this point in their careers. However, there is enough depth elsewhere to make an honest run for at least one other competition.
With this in mind, I think the Reds would be wise to chase the Europa League in 2012/13. Here are a few reasons why.