Liverpool host their first UEFA Champions League game at Anfield this season as they take on Danish champions Midtjylland on Tuesday evening.
Liverpool won a tightly fought contest away to Ajax 1-0 last week in their opening group stage game of the competition last week while Midtjylland in what is their first ever participation in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League were thrashed 4-0 by free-scoring Italian side Atalanta.
Liverpool are back on winning terms in the Premier League after a two-game winless run as they defeated Sheffield United 2-1 via goals from Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota.
It’s two Champions League gameweek’s in a row for all teams in the competition and an opportunity for sides to make statements in Europe’s elite competition.
Midtjylland are a side making their debut in the competition and will be keen not to just make up the numbers, but they are up against it as they travel to one of Europe’s most famous grounds to take on the reigning Premier League champions.
The Danish champions have made a strong start to their league campaign despite losing their first game of the season. They’ve gone on to win four of their last five games as they sit third in the Danish Superliga, level on points with SønderjyskE and Vejle.
Liverpool and Klopp Not Overlooking Anybody
One man who isn’t taking the champions lightly is Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who insisted that they are a “proper challenger”.
“They are really good,” Klopp said. “The 4-0 against Atalanta was not a 4-0 – that was the result, but it didn’t look like that kind of game.
“They have a clear plan. We have a clear plan as well, which is adaptable. We have to make a lot of good decisions in the game and show that we are ready for a proper fight.”
It’s been rapid growth for the Danish champions who were only founded 21 years ago and Jurgen Klopp told the press that his side do not see Midtjylland as a small side despite their brief history.
“Ladies and gentlemen, you Danish guys need to work on your confidence. We don’t see you as a small club, we see you as a proper challenger in this group.
“Nobody is part of the group because they are nice cities or whatever, they are there because they are a good football team.
“They earned the right to be in the Champions League in the season before and Midtjylland, after an impressive comeback against Brondby, are now [joint] top of the table so it means they are good again.
“They won’t wave the white flag. They will be here and give everything they can.
“There are no small teams in the Champions League. How small or big you are is shown on the pitch, not in any press conferences before.”
Football is an unpredictable game, but I think it’s fair to say Liverpool win this comfortably, 4-0 in my opinion.
Sportsbooks odds on a Liverpool win open at -600. Odds on a Midtjylland shock win open at +1200. Odds on a draw between the two clubs open at +700.
Prediction: Liverpool 4, Midtjylland 0