Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kenny's Happy with Carroll despite KO

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kenny's Happy with Carroll despite KO

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LIVERPOOL manager Kenny Dalglish does not know what the after-effects of their Europa League exit will be on his side, but admitted it places extra significance on their domestic form.

The Reds' goalless draw against Braga at Anfield meant they went out of the competition 1-0 on aggregate at the last-16 stage.

In order to avoid failing to qualify for Europe for the first time since 1999 they now have to finish fifth in the Premier League. But that is no easy feat with current incumbents Tottenham six points ahead having played one match fewer.

"I don't know if it will be a help not being in the Europa League," said the Scot.

"It (the Europa League) was an option for us to get back into Europe next year if we'd won it.

"But we know that in every league game we will have to try to get as much as we possibly can.

"We were going to do that any way, so I don't know if it will be a blessing or not.

"You only get in Europe if you win games. …

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