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Rafa eyes two-pronged attack

16 Feb 2010 - 13:58:16

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez insists it is important to progress as far as possible in the Europa League in the last three months of the season.

The Reds have moved into Europe's secondary competition after finishing third in their Champions League group before Christmas but, although still keen to finish in the Premier League's top four this term, Benitez will not sacrifice European matches for domestic affairs.

Benitez's side face Romanian outfit Unirea Urziceni on Thursday and the Spanish coach is looking forward to the game, saying: "Clearly I'd prefer to be fighting for the title or for the Champions League but you must accept the situation.

"You have to be positive and turn things in your favour. Now we have another opportunity (of playing in Europe) and we must try to keep playing better.

"We have got to keep progressing in the Europa League and aim to finish as high as we can in the Premier League.

"There are still big clubs involved. If we can get through a couple of rounds, though, I'm sure the atmosphere will be really good because the fans want to see us winning trophies."

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