Luis Garcia: 'Jurgen Klopp needs to win a trophy at Liverpool'


"We know they are a squad of top players".

Liverpool's defence came in for criticism again after the rout at the Etihad Stadium but in fairness they did play the majority of the match with 10 men.

Liverpool have generally fond memories of their Champions League exploits but the last two campaigns ended in ignominious exits at the group stage.

Klopp has been at Liverpool for nearly two years, and reached the Capital One Cup final in 2016, but lost on penalties to Manchester City. Perhaps discretion is the better part of valour after all?

Garcia said, "I think for Jurgen this has to be the season".

To some it again indicated the importance of Sadio Mane to the team.

Mane is banned for the next few Premier League matches, but is available against Sevilla.

Mane will not play another Premier League game until October, but that may work in Coutinho's favour as he looks to win a place back into the hearts of Liverpool supporters.

"The most important thing for me to say is not even 1% of Sadio wanted to bring the goalkeeper in danger".

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Sevilla, meanwhile, have been a real force in the Europe League in recent years, lifting the trophy an unprecedented three times in a row between 2014 and 2016 and a record five times in total (if you include their UEFA Cup exploits).

The balancing act with the squad this season is going to be the key factor in determining whether Klopp really does have the stuff to take Liverpool further forward.

Perhaps it's down to a lack of quality at this level, but a win on Wednesday would be a huge hurdle cleared for the Spanish side, as it would prove they can go to a great European club and get the job done.

Luis Garcia with the Liverpool fans. It irks many outsiders, yet the facts speak for themselves.

All those opponents are beatable and they should have additional motivation to win this first game against Sevilla at Anfield.

Sevilla are such a good team that an atmosphere like that will be necessary, particularly as the Reds may still be reeling from their weekend humiliation.

The frenzy at Anfield will symbolise how such nights are becoming a little rarer than they should be for such a big club.

After avoiding Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool have to be delighted to end up with Sevilla, Maribor and Spartak Moscow. Though it's only the group opener, it already feels like a vital game.