12 Sep, 12:30
UEFA Champions League football returns to Anfield on Wednesday, as Liverpool host Sevilla in one of the most eye-catching ties of Week 1.
The Reds will be out to recover from Saturday's 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City with a strong start in Europe. Sevilla are Liverpool's biggest rivals for top spot in what is an otherwise favorable group.
These two clubs met in the Europa League final in 2016, with Sevilla running out 3-1 winners on that occasion. They have both made the step up to Europe's top competition and will be considered the two favorites to progress from Group E.
For Liverpool, Adam Lallana is expected to be sidelined for another two months due to a thigh injury but Philippe Coutinho could return for Liverpool. Having been left out of their squad for the Champions League group stage, Nathaniel Clyne could face an even longer spell out with a hamstring problem.
As for Sevilla, Nolito has not travelled due to a thigh problem, while Johannes Geis has also been left out of Eduardo Berizzo's squad. The likes of Ever Banega and Luis Muriel were rested for the weekend win over Eibar but are available again for this match.
Liverpool know as well as anyone that one result does not define a season. It was Jurgen Klopp's team, after all, that outplayed and beat eventual champions Chelsea last September. That result, combined with a loss at Arsenal the following game, was all the evidence Antonio Conte needed to decide a formation change was necessary and the Blues never looked back.
They won 13 league games in a row after that and Liverpool may look to them as inspiration after being flattened 5-0 by Manchester City on Saturday.
With Coutinho back and Mane available for Liverpool, the Reds have the upper hand. Sevilla will be missing the experience and brilliance of Nolito and that might be a problem for them.
This is the perfect time for Liverpool to get their revenge on Sevilla.