Rodgers: Patience will be key against Valencia

Brendan Rodgers believes patience will be a key factor in their Thursday’s Europa League tie with Valencia.

Valencia remains one of the most difficult sides to beat this season having lost fewer La Liga games than Real Madrid and managed only two losses in the Champions League.

Ahead of their clash with the Spaniards, the former Liverpool boss urged his team to learn the lessons from their 2-1 win over RB Leipzig in the group stages for the first leg of their last 32 tie.

“Patience is part of the game,” said Rodgers via Sky Sports.

“That’s the understanding of the game. You’re playing against good teams. Valencia have only lost four times all season in one of the biggest leagues in Europe.

“It’s about respecting that the opponent is a good side.

“It’s up to us to ensure we go and deliver a game and an intensity in our game that gives the supporters that hope.

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“The Leipzig game was a wonderful demonstration of that, where we played really well in the game.

“We played ever so well but then got pegged back. They scored a goal that we could have defended better but then straight away we go and score.

“They’re always tense games because there’s so much on them but they’re really enjoyable games.

“The players enjoy them, we as staff enjoy them and hopefully the supporters can enjoy them as well.”


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