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Liverpool are back where they belong, back in the group stages of the Champions League and today’s draw looks like it has been kind to them
But has it been kind to them?, let’s have a look at who they have been drawn and what they can expect from their opponents.
The bridesmaid of the Spanish Primera Division who has won the UEFA Cup 5 times, their last victory coming against Liverpool.
This will certainly be the tie of round with Klopp looking for some pay back.
“I don’t think after this long way we should think about the opponents. We have to go & prepare. With Sevilla, there is an open bill.”
Sevilla has also strengthened this summer, bring in a total of 6 players including Nolito & Jesus Navas from Manchester City.
One to watch: Luis Muriel
The Colombian attacker is a summer signing from Sampdoria, where he scored 21 goals in 79 appearances.
While he may never have reached the heights where he was once tipped to make he is still a very dangerous attacker and Liverpool’s defence will need to be at the top of their game to keep him out.
The Russian Champions may prove to be more of a sticky opponent then some think, they are managed by Antonio Conte’s former assistant Massimo Carrera who took them to their first league title in over 15 years.
He has used his connections to bring Croatian international Mario Pasalic in on loan from Chelsea this summer and has managed to keep the majority of his squad together including the one to watch.
One to watch: Quincy Promes
Dutch international and friend of Gini Wijnaldum has been Spartak’s star man since he joined, scoring 48 goals in his 92 appearances.
He caught they eye of Liverpool last January and rumour was he was pretty close to a move to Anfield, the move never materialised and if he performs to his capability the Reds may yet regret not taking a punt on him.
The Slovenian Champions complete the group, the biggest threat that they would provide would be the element of surprise as not much would be know about them or expected from them.
If truth be told the Reds would be looking to pick up 6 points from their two games against the Slovenian minnows.
One to watch: Luka Zahovic
Slovenia’s great young hope, Zahovic who is the son of former Slovenian legend Zlatko Zahovic is tipped to follow his father’s footsteps and make a name for himself in Europe.
He did have a stint at Dutch side Heerenveen but only after 8 appearances he found himself back at Maribor.
At 21, the move proved to have come to soon but if he continues to impress for Maribor there should be no reason for him not to get another move soon.
Liverpool Champions League Dates:
Match Day 1: September 13th
Liverpool vs Sevilla (H)
Match Day 2: September 26th
Spartak Moscow vs Liverpool (A)
Match Day 3: October 17th
NK Maribor vs Liverpool (A)
Match Day 4: November 1st
Liverpool vs NK Maribor (H)
Match Day 5: November 21st
Sevilla vs Liverpool (A)
Match Day 6: December 6th
Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow (H)