THE Europa League has often been as unwelcome as a Findus Lasagne in the winner’s enclosure at Aintree.
But for Brendan Rodgers, the much-mocked competition may yet provide salvation.
While it’ll take a Herculean effort to overcome Zenit St Petersburg this week – especially with in-form Daniel Sturridge cup-tied – progress can give Liverpool genuine extra motivation for the final third of the season.
Otherwise, a scrap to finish above West Brom and Swansea awaits.
Mind you, stranger things have happened. Like finding beef in a burger.