Liverpool have won more European cups than any other British side. The Reds have a proud history in the competition, since Jürgen Klopp took over they’ve reached the final on two occasions. The gaffer will be hoping to go further than he did last season when his side crashed out in unfortunate circumstances. Liverpool have been drawn in Champions League group D, James Horncastle has perfectly summed up the group in four words.
Scores to settle
The Reds will be hoping to improve on last season’s showing which saw the side dumped out in the Round of 16.
The club were eliminated by Atletico Madrid just days before football was halted altogether.
The Spanish side went ahead early on in the tie when they scuffed home a shot from close range after a series of deflections.
Diego Simeone’s side then decided not to play football, sitting back and defending impressively. A woeful Anfield showing from Adrian cost the Reds the tie.
Liverpool Champions League group
Liverpool have been drawn in Champions League group D. The Athletic journalist James Horncastle has summed up the group in four words “girone del calcio vero“. This translates roughly to “the real football group”.
Given that the Reds have been drawn alongside Ajax, Atalanta and FC Midtjylland, this is the perfect choice of words to sum up the group.
This is a group of teams known for their expansive, attacking, high octane football.
Who can forget Ajax’s barnstorming run to the semi-finals in 2018/19?
Last season Atalanta were unfortunate to be knocked out late against PSG, the French side scoring twice in added time.
Throughout the campaign the Italian side had terrified defences with their intense pressing football and their eye for goal, they beat Valencia 8-4 on aggregate in the Round of 16.
We don’t know a tremendous amount about Danish side FC Midtjylland, they did put four past Salvia Praha in the qualifying rounds, they won their domestic league with more goals than any other side, finishing 14 points clear of Copenhagen.
This is the real football group because we will see intense attacking football, we will see teams attacking each other rather than parking the bus. It will be a joy to watch for neutrals, terrifying for fans invested in these teams.