UCL: Liverpool set to battle Sevilla for Champions League knockout ticket

UCL: Liverpool set to battle Sevilla for Champions League knockout ticket

Liverpool is set to do battle with Sevilla for a ticket to the knockout phase of this season’s Champions League.

The Reds made a return to the Champions League after three years away with a game against Sevilla in September.

On that very occasion, the two clubs played out a highly entertaining 2-2 draw with each other in the showdown.

It was set to be a revenge mission of some sort as the Reds hosted the Andalusians at Anfield Stadium.

That exactly was the case as the Merseysiders were eager to avenge last year’s Europa League final loss to Sevilla.

In the 2015/16 final match of the competition, the Andalusians came from behind to defeat the Merseyside outfit 3-1.

As a result of this, vengeance was surely on the minds of Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp and all his charges.

And with both sides playing a draw in their previous group fixture, Liverpool still hope to get one over Sevilla.

Sevilla on their part have actually started their 2017/18 La Liga campaign averagely, having garnered 22 points from twelve outings.

This certainly gives the Spanish giants a great deal of confidence prior to their match against Liverpool on Tuesday.

Liverpool is also occupying the fifth spot on the Premier League table with 22 points so far from twelve matches.

And with both sides having identical statistics in their respective domestic leagues, one should actually be anticipating a cracking encounter.

Liverpool who is leading their Champions League Group with eight points will reach the knock-out stage with victory over Sevilla.

Sevilla is in the group phase for the third consecutive term and looking to build on last season’s knock-out qualification.

Attacker, Wissam Ben Yedder has hit the back of the net three times in his last four matches for Sevilla.

During the 2016/17 campaign, Sevilla made it to the round of 16 for the first time since the 2009/10 season.

But they have never gone further than that very stage in the Champions League era.

This is Sevilla’s fifth ever Champions League group stage campaign and their third on the bounce.

Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah has already hit the back of the net 14 times in every competition for the Reds.

On the other hand, Mane has also struck three goals for Liverpool so far in four league outings this season.

Liverpool made the UCL group stage for the first time since 2014/15 and only the second time in eight years.

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