The news today that Feyenoord are facing an “injury crisis” should not be a reason for us assuming that we’re just going to go there and win. If we’ve learned anything from last weekend it’s that a good manager, with a proper plan, can account for that and still craft victory. This is what it was when the draw was made; an uphill task, against a good side.
Are we capable of getting something? Yes, of course we are. And does the fact that key players might be missing from their team increase the chance of that? Of course it does.
But we would be mad not to forget that it will only happen if we’re at our very best.
Feyenoord are the reigning Dutch champions. We only have to look at what their second placed side did to the Ibrox club not that long ago to recognise that this is a game where we’re up against it.
Theirs is the manager who turned down Spurs at the last minute, and paved the way for the departure of Ange Postecoglou.
Neither he nor his team should be underestimated.
They have not been significantly weakened by the departure of the £6 million wonder, Danilo.
Brendan Rodgers will ignore most of this stuff, and focus on making sure that the players do as well. In order to get any kind of result over there we will need to be strong, and determined, and keep it tight.
We will need to take any chances which present themselves.
I actually don’t think we could have gotten a worse start to the group. This is the team everyone thinks is the most vulnerable, and we’re playing them away. Lose it, and the narrative will build from there that this is a group in which we’re going to be just cannon fodder. I am sure that those inside the coaching department are well aware of that risk.
So we need a positive outcome, and the best way of getting one is to prepare as if they were going to have every top player fit and available and on form.
To prepare as if this game is as dangerous to us any we will play in this campaign … because it is.