Michael Owen states his prediction for Liverpool v Sevilla
Michael Owen looks ahead to Liverpool's Champions League opener against Sevilla on Wednesday night
Michael Owen is tipping Liverpool to get their Champions League group stage campaign off to a solid start by beating Spanish side Sevilla on Wednesday night.
The Reds are preparing to host their first group Champions League game under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield after the German led the Merseyside outfit to a top four finish last season.
Liverpool managed to make their way past Hoffenheim in the play-off round as they booked their place in the group stage of the competition.
Klopp’s side did not have the ideal preparation for the game, as they were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City in the Premier League at the weekend.
However, former Reds striker Owen is confident that Liverpool have what it takes to claim all three points against Sevilla at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Former Liverpool star Owen wrote in his column for BetVictor: “Jurgen Klopp’s side can quickly put behind what was a disappointing result at the Etihad last weekend against a Sevilla side who beat Liverpool in the final of the Europa Cup last year.
“The Reds don’t have a great record at home against Spanish opposition winning, just one of their eight CL home games, but this has the making of another great European night at Anfield.
“Despite a good start to the La Liga season, I’m not convinced this Sevilla side are quite as good as the one who won a third successive Europa League in Basel last spring and take the Reds to get revenge for that defeat.”
Liverpool, who last won the Champions League under Rafael Benitez back in 2005, will then turn their attentions back to Premier League affairs and their home clash against Burnley at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds have taken seven points from their opening four top-flight games this season to leave them in eighth place in the Premier League table.