Rasmus Nicolaisen's verdict on missing out on dream European occasion for FC Midtjylland against Liverpool as he waits for Portsmouth minutes

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Rasmus Nicloaisen promised there’s no regrets at turning down Champions League football in favour of pursuing first-team minutes at Pompey.

The Blues defender could have been part of the FC Midtjylland squad who faced Liverpool in Europe’s premier club competition this week.

Midtjylland went down to a 2-0 loss at Anfield on Tuesday night in their second group game after being drawn against Jurgen Klopp’s side, Atalanta and Dutch giants Ajax.

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Nicolaisen, meanwhile, was on the bench against Northampton as he presses for inclusion in Kenny Jackett’s starting XI.

The 23-year-old explained missing out on some big European occasions isn’t something which is on his mind, however.

He said:‘They’ve got some big games right!

‘I’m not thinking about that really. I’m just really happy to be here.

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Rasmus Nicolaisen

‘I just want to get a lot of games here, that’s what is more important for me.

‘The other things will hopefully come later in my career.

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‘I would then hope to be an even bigger part of it than I would be in Midtjylland right now.

‘I would be on the bench all of the time - and that’s not what I want.

‘Playing football is why I’m here and what I hope for.’

Nicolaisen explained how the Liverpool draw was a huge event for his parent club, after they won the Danish title last season.

With Reds fans in their ranks, there was pleasure and not bitterness at missing out on a big night for the Wolves.

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Nicolaisen added: ‘Actually I was happy for my team-mates when I saw the draw.

‘I knew there was a lot of Liverpool fans in the squad, so it was an exciting game for them.

‘There was no disappointment from me, I’m just looking forward to some exciting months and an exciting season in English football.’

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