Thiago reacts to Liverpool's Champions League Group Stage draw
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Thiago reacts to Liverpool's Champions League Group Stage draw

Liverpool have learnt their European opponents for the 2020/21 campaign following the Champions League Group Stage draw in Geneva on Thursday.

The 2019 tournament winners have been drawn to face Ajax, Atalanta and FC Midtjylland.

NYON, SWITZERLAND DECEMBER 16: Footballer Hamit Altintop draws Liverpool during the Champions League 2019/20 Round of 16 Draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football on December 16, 2019 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The Reds were placed in Group D  alongside the teams from the Netherlands, Italy and Denmark respectively.

The group stage will get underway later this month, with fixtures scheduled to take place for October 20/21 and October 27/28.

Subsequent matchdays are scheduled for November 3/4, November 24/25, December 1/2 and December 8/9.

Liverpool will be desperate to do better in the competition this season having been knocked out at the last-16 stage last term to Atletico Madrid.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds were desperately unlucky not to prevail against the Spanish giants following an Anfield performance that was among the best of the German manager’s Liverpool tenure.

Unfortunately, Liverpool were outdone by their own misfortunes alongside some outstanding defending from Diego Simeone’s well-organised side.

LISBON, PORTUGAL – AUGUST 23: Thiago Alcantara of FC Bayern Munich celebrates with the UEFA Champions League Trophy following his team’s victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on August 23, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Michael Regan – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

One player who cannot wait for Liverpool to begin their European campaign is new signing Thiago Alcantara.

The Spaniard is the only player of Klopp’s squad who will enter the competition as a reigning champion following his European Cup success with Bayern Munich last month.

Thiago did not waste any time reacting to the draw, making it clear he is desperate to return to action and help his new team in being crowned continental kings for a seventh occasion.

It certainly promises to be an attacking group with both Ajax and Atalanta among the surprise packages in the competition over the previous two seasons.

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