Liverpool’s recent success in the English Premier League needs to be reflected in the Europa League this Thursday when they host French club Bordeaux at Anfield at 22:05 in the 5th fixture of the European tournament.
Liverpool are coming off what is the best win of the season for them and the young EPL career of Jürgen Klopp, taking down Manchester City at their own stadium 1-4. The domination the Red had can only be explained by the type of manager they have; a lad who’s always trying to play an offensive style of football and doesn’t care much about the repercussions if things don’t go his way.
“I didn’t become a manager and think to myself: I’m going to revolutionise football. Absolutely not. How could you?” explains Klopp.
Klopp used the FIFA Break to evolve his attacking style with the team. Instead of using Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke, both fit to play the match against City, the manager went with Roberto Firmino as his focus point.
“He trained 10-12 days with us without interruption, the same as Coutinho,” he added. That is the reason we played like this with the formation like this – we tried to put on the pitch as many players who trained together.”
Liverpool are in need of a win on Thursday after starting the Europa League season with two home draws against Rubin Kazan and Sion. Their only win came in Russian territory with a 0-1 score. Now, after four fixtures, they are in second place of Group B with six points, two behind Sion, and three about Bordeaux; Rubin Kazan is in the last place with two points.
Bordeaux, on the other hand, are not having the best of the campaigns in the French Ligue 1. Currently, they are at the 13th place with 18 points, 20 behind the league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
Away from and playing in the Europa League Les Girondins have drawn both of their matches, getting points in the 1-1 draw against Sion and the scoreless draw against Rubin Kazan. To make it worst, defenders Nicolas Pallois and Pablo, midfielder Gregory Sertic and striker Thomas Toure have all been ruled out of the trip to Merseyside because of injuries.
“There were more than 20 mistakes against us. We were extremely proud to have taken a point, but it cost us. Some may be absent for several weeks”, manager Willy Sagnol said the 2-2 weekend against Rennes.
Liverpool Europa League Odds v Bordeaux have the home squad favorite to win at 1.53 while the French visitors are at 7.5, and the draw is at 4.2. Despite there is a lot of value in the draw and the Bordeaux victory, it’s hard to see it happening.
Back in 2006 was the only time Bordeaux visited Anfield during the Champions League; the French were easily beaten 3-0. Take Liverpool to win at home. Bordeaux are filled with injuries, and the Merseyside are enjoying their best form of the season.