Rafa Benitez has set his sights on Europa League glory after Liverpool were drawn against fellow champions League dropouts Unirea Urziceni.
Benitez knows his side face a tough task against the Romanian champions, and Benitez will not treat the Europa League as a distraction and will do his homework on the side who are managed by former Chelsea midfielder Dan Petrescu.
“For me it is too early [to talk about it] because we know we will play in February so we have plenty of time to prepare and learn about the other team,” said the Spaniard.
“It will be tough. Unirea won the league in their country and were in a tough group with Sevilla and Stuttgart – I have some friends in Sevilla so maybe I’ll be in touch with them.
“But it is important to have an option to win any trophy. The Europa League is different to the Champions League but there are some good teams in it.
“We have to progress if we can and then it is an opportunity to win a trophy and we will try to do it.”
Liverpoo will play the first leg at home on 18th February before travelling to Romania the following week.
“We would prefer to play the second game at home but we have to be ready. It will be interesting,” added Benitez.
Should Liverpool get past Unirea they will play the winners of Lille v Fenerbahce in the last 16.