The Champions League kicks off for another season tomorrow as Liverpool take on Paris Saint-Germain in one of eight group stage opening day games, pitting two of Europe’s top ten teams against each other for the early advantage in Group C.
It makes for a difficult start to the Champions League for both teams, and it’s part of an especially difficult month for Liverpool, but facing the best and playing in the games that matter is the goal everyone at the club has been working towards.
For Jürgen Klopp, the biggest issue is getting the players used to the changes between the two competitions Liverpool will be cycling between in the coming months as they switch between Champions League action and domestic competitions.
“If you go far in that competition it’s clear from September to May you have a lot of games,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference. “We still have to get used to the two different challenges but i think we used last year to improve that a lot.”
This is one of the toughest stretches of football in recent memory for Liverpool. Having beaten Tottenham on Saturday and facing PSG tomorrow, they then still will have to play Napoli, Manchester City, and Chelsea twice over the next three weeks.
There’s also a difficult match against Southampton squeezed into the mix, a prime contender for a let-off if ever there was one. It’s going to be a difficult run—and it’s going to be a run that could, just maybe, set this Liverpool side up for a special season.
“PSG are one of the favourites for the competition for sure,” Klopp added. “They won the league in France and this season so far it looks easy for them because of the unbelievable quality they have—they are going for winning the Champions League.
“We are aware of the quality they have brought together but we just want to win the game. That’s how it is. We play at Anfield and that can be an advantage. We hope we can use that. We will take any help we can get for sure.”