Liverpool look to gain a modicum of revenge on Sevilla on Wednesday night as they begin their Champions League campaign in this Group E match at Anfield.
Anfield, Liverpool, England 13 Sep 2017 6:45 pm (GMT)
Key Stat: Liverpool have not made it out of the group stages of the Champions League since the 2008/09 season.
Expert Verdict: The bare minimum for Liverpool this season in the Champions League will be a place in the round of 16. That should be very achievable after the draw they got, but they do have to start with a very tricky fixture against Sevilla. The Seville side will also feel confident of making it to the next round of the competition, but Liverpool should really be winning this kind of match at home. Even against a strong side, that is the expectation.
Jurgen Klopp will be missing right back Nathaniel Clyne and attacking midfielder Adam Lallana for most of the rest of the year. Reserve goalkeeper Adam Bogdan is also out injured.
It was a sad day for Sadio Mane on Saturday as he was sent off in the Premier League, and he will want to erase that very quickly with a big performance in the Champions League here. He has three goals in six total matches thus far, but he is still looking for his first UCL goal and should be more than pumped up to get it.
Liverpool had be in scintillating form after dominating both Hoffenheim and Arsenal, but they were humbled a bit when they fell to Manchester City on Saturday by a score of 5-0 after they had gone down to ten men.
Defenders:Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno
Midfielders:Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum
Forwards:Salah, Mane, Firmino
Eduardo Berizzo continues to be without goalkeeper David Soria after his finger injury last month.
Left back Sergio Escudero is the man to keep an eye on here for Sevilla in this match. He had goals in both legs of their playoff win over Basaksehir last month, and he's got quite the cross on him as well. He is very good going forward, and he could be in a position to seriously trouble young Alexander-Arnold
Sevilla are in good form at the moment, as they have not lost so far in official play. Bu they have looked a little shaky against Espanyol and Istanbul Basaksehir at home in draws. They have rattled off two wins since then though, including a 3-0 home win over Eibar on Saturday.
Defenders:Mercado, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero
Defensive Midfielders:N'Zonzi, Geis
Attacking Midfielders:Navas, Ganso, Nolito
Sevilla and Liverpool have met just one time prior, but it was a very important match. It was the 2014/15 Europa League Final. Sevilla ended up winning the match 1-3 on the night with a second half blitz to deny Jurgen Klopp his first trophy at the club, and it also gave them a slot in last season's Champions League as a result.
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Liverpool are at 7/10 to win, a draw is at 14/5, and a Sevilla win is at 15/4.
Liverpool are much bigger favorites than you would think they would be in this match. While they probably do deserve to be the favored side because they are at home, this is no pushover that they are facing.
Perhaps Sevilla's performance, or lack thereof, last season against Leicester is still fresh in the minds of the bookmakers. That was a big disappointment to them.
However, they have beaten Liverpool in the not-so-distant past. It's a bit of a different look as they are two managers removed and come in with a new sporting director, but they are still a big threat to run Liverpool very close in the group and the match.
You get the feeling with this match that Liverpool are either going to be dominant, or that they are going to drop a result. Therefore taking them with a -1 handicap at 13/8 could be a very prudent decision... if they win by two.
Liverpool bounce back from their loss at the weekend to win a little more comfortably over Sevilla than many would think.