Liverpool opinion: Liverpool – Champions League preview
European champions Liverpool will be going into the competition hoping to defend their trophy and after making it to the finals in the last two seasons. They’ve gotten off to a fantastic start in the league with a 100% record and a Super Cup win recently against Chelsea.
The final will be held in Istanbul, which was the venue for their famous victory against AC Milan in the 2004/05 season and should give them added motivation to do it on the bounce.
The stand-out fixture in Group E is a repeat of last season with Napoli being the other big club in the same group. Liverpool lost the away fixture 1-0 and managed to win the deciding game in the group of death at Anfield, thanks to a goal from Salah and a fantastic late save from Alisson.
Sadio Mane and Naby Keita will also be revisiting Red Bull Salzburg, the home of the Austrian champions, with whom they made their name. The away trip won’t be easy as Salzburg will be full of young players with great potential, hoping to make a name for themselves.
The other side in the group is Belgian side Genk, who are also known for producing some of the best young talents in Europe. In the past, this has included the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Kalidou Koulibaly.
Napoli are still looking to get to terms with their new defensive partnership with the addition of Kostas Manolas, meaning Liverpool should top their group and hope to rest some players at the end of the group stages.
Liverpool’s incredible home record makes them a difficult team to face and their style is pretty dangerous, which is perfect for two-legged ties. Another final isn’t away from the cards.