Graeme Souness backs Liverpool to beat Hearts

Graeme Souness
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Graeme Souness expects his former club Liverpool to overcome the challenge of Hearts in the Europa League.

Graeme Souness believes that Liverpool will have "too much quality" for Hearts during their upcoming Europa League qualifier.

The Reds travel to Tynecastle tomorrow for the opening leg, with the return match scheduled to take place at Anfield a week later.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has decided to rest a number of key players for the tie, including captain Steven Gerrard.

However, Souness still expects his former club to defeat their Scottish opponents.

"I just feel Liverpool will have too much quality in too many areas and I think that will decide the tie," he said.

"Hearts would need more than half the Liverpool team to have two off nights to have a chance. There is a gulf between the Premier League in England and the SPL in Scotland right now.

"Although Liverpool aren't the force they were, they're still arguably the second biggest club in England. They're still an enormous club on the world stage so you have to respect their fantastic European pedigree."

You can read Sports Mole's preview of the contest here.

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