Liverpool's Champions League group - Who are their opponents?
Liverpool are returning to Europe’s elite competition for the first time in three years and only the second in eight years, and they will do so in Group E. The draw was made by Italian striker Francesco Totti and ex-AC Milan centre forward Andriy Shevchenko in Monaco on Thursday afternoon after Liverpool beat Hoffenheim to qualify in their play-off tie. Here is who Liverpool will be hoping o beat to emerge from the group:
The weakest of all the sides in Pot One, this would have been Liverpool’s dream draw. The Russian side won their domestic league last season to qualify under the management of Italian boss Massimo Carrera.
The best known name to Liverpool fans will be close friend of Georgino Wijnaldum, Quincy Promes. Numerous sources, including the Liverpool Echo linked Liverpool with a January move for the winger, but he will now be visiting Anfield in an entirely different capacity instead.
The Spanish side were knocked out of last year’s competition by Leicester City after they beat Liverpool in the Europa League final in 2016. Now, the Reds will be out for revenge when they travel to the south of Spain and welcome Eduardo Berrizzo’s almost unrecognisable side to Anfield.
They finished fourth in La Liga last season under Jorge Sampaoli and will again be looking to compete with the top Spanish sides after overcoming Istanbul outfit Basaksehir FK in their qualification play-off.
One of the smallest sides to reach this stage of the competition, the Slovenian champions won three qualification play-offs to reach the group stage. Darko Milanic’s side will come to Anfield for the first time with the sides never having clashed in any kind of fixture before this draw.
In a squad of largely homegrown talent, they play their games at Ljudski Vrt which boasts a modest capacity of just 12,702. However, they are the country’s most decorated side with 14 top flight league titles to their name and will be hoping to carry that form into Europe.
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