It’s not the draw you imagine David Moyes would have wanted. His Everton team had a reasonable European adventure last season, cruelly ending on penalties against Fiorentina, yet they have some hard work ahead of them if the Toffees are to make the UEFA Cup group stage for the second season running.
Blues fans will have witnessed the almighty struggle that Liverpool experienced against Standard Liege in the Champions League, and Setanta report that Everton now face the Belgian champions over two legs. While there’s no denying the Reds weren’t firing on all cylinders in the two matches played (especially the first game), Les Rouches caused them untold problems and may have produced a shock if they had scored from the penalty spot in Belgium.
Everton fans, are you confident that the team can progress to the group stages, especially with David Moyes bringing in some new faces before the transfer window shuts? The Scot will want to improve on last season’s last-sixteen showing in this competition, although Liege will fancy their chances of winning, considering they’ve already pushed a Merseyside team to the wire.