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Liverpool return to the Champions League for the first time since 2014 on Wednesday evening as they take on Spanish side Sevilla at Anfield.

Manager Jurgen Klopp and his players arrived at the stadium at midday as they count down the hours to their opening Group E fixture against the team that beat them in the 2016 Europa League final.

The Reds are desperate to get their fortunes back on track after Saturday’s 5-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester City, a result that sullied an otherwise encouraging start to the campaign.

Philippe Coutinho gets a soaking as he arrives at Anfield for Liverpool's Champions League opener against Sevilla - their first match in the competition since 2014

Philippe Coutinho gets a soaking as he arrives at Anfield for Liverpool's Champions League opener against Sevilla - their first match in the competition since 2014

Philippe Coutinho gets a soaking as he arrives at Anfield for Liverpool’s Champions League opener against Sevilla – their first match in the competition since 2014

Manager Jurgen Klopp was in good spirits as he arrived at Anfield around midday 

Manager Jurgen Klopp was in good spirits as he arrived at Anfield around midday 

Manager Jurgen Klopp was in good spirits as he arrived at Anfield around midday 

Roberto Firmino carries his kit after driving to Anfield for Wednesday night's Sevilla clash

Roberto Firmino carries his kit after driving to Anfield for Wednesday night's Sevilla clash

Roberto Firmino carries his kit after driving to Anfield for Wednesday night’s Sevilla clash

Speaking on the eve of the match, Klopp confirmed that Loris Karius will play in goal against Sevilla in preference to regular No 1 Simon Mignolet.

Philippe Coutinho is in Liverpool’s squad for the first time this season after his back injury and a failed attempt to engineer a move to Barcelona over the summer.

Winger Mohamed Salah was among those who arrived at Anfield on Wednesday lunchtime despite sitting out Tuesday’s training session as a precaution because of illness.

Dejan Lovren is also expected to return at the heart of the Liverpool defence in place of Ragnar Klavan.

Sadio Mane was all smiles despite his sending off in Saturday's 5-0 loss at Manchester City

Sadio Mane was all smiles despite his sending off in Saturday's 5-0 loss at Manchester City

Sadio Mane was all smiles despite his sending off in Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Manchester City

Mohamed Salah is hoping to continue his impressive start in Liverpool colours 

Mohamed Salah is hoping to continue his impressive start in Liverpool colours 

Mohamed Salah is hoping to continue his impressive start in Liverpool colours 

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren arrives at Anfield ahead of their Champions League match with Sevilla

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren arrives at Anfield ahead of their Champions League match with Sevilla

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrives at Anfield ahead of their Champions League match with Sevilla

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrives at Anfield ahead of their Champions League match with Sevilla

Dejan Lovren (left) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain make their entrance at Anfield 

Mignolet started Liverpool’s opening two Premier League fixtures – the 3-3 draw at Watford and 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace – plus both legs of their Champions League play-off with Hoffenheim.

But he was surprisingly dropped for the 4-0 win over Arsenal, with Karius taking the gloves, before returning on Saturday at City.

Klopp refused to label either as his No 1 but explained the rotation policy by saying he wanted both goalkeepers to maintain high standards with regular opportunities.

‘If nothing happens overnight then Loris will start, yes, but no it doesn’t mean that (Karius is now number one),’ said the Reds boss.

Loris Karius is set to start in goal as Jurgen Klopp once again rotates his keepers

Loris Karius is set to start in goal as Jurgen Klopp once again rotates his keepers

Loris Karius is set to start in goal as Jurgen Klopp once again rotates his keepers

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson clutches a hot drink as he arrives at the ground

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson clutches a hot drink as he arrives at the ground

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson clutches a hot drink as he arrives at the ground

Daniel Sturridge listens to music as he makes his arrival at Anfield ahead of the game

Daniel Sturridge listens to music as he makes his arrival at Anfield ahead of the game

Daniel Sturridge listens to music as he makes his arrival at Anfield ahead of the game

‘Why do we think number one, two, three is fixed until the end of all days?

‘I don’t want to bring that in doubt but how can you ask if he’s number one? By the way, it’s not that he shouldn’t be number one.

‘If they train bad they don’t deserve a game, but they both train really well, they keep the level really high.

‘If we don’t give them a game then every year we have to find a number two, 33 years old, who still can catch a few balls and doesn’t want to play any more – that’s really difficult, to find someone like that.

‘I prefer having a group of good goalkeepers and that means you have to change things.

‘That’s the plan. Not to keep them happy, no, to use the quality of the goalkeepers and that’s how it is, to keep them altogether and then they will decide with the performance who will play.

‘Are all players happy with the decision? I don’t know – it’s nothing I can think about too much.’

Liverpool will be hoping for better fortunes than their last Champions League campaign in 2014-15, when they finished third in a group that contained Real Madrid, Basle and Ludogorets Razgard.

They shouldn’t have too many problems this time in a group containing Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor.

However, Klopp is well aware of the threat posed by Sevilla, currently third in La Liga following an unbeaten first three matches, after the 2016 Basle final, which they won 3-1.

 

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