Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believes facing Sevilla in their first match of this season's Champions League is a perfect opportunity to showcase the development the Reds have made under Jurgen Klopp since the two teams last met.
Sevilla beat Liverpool in the Europa League final in 2016 and Henderson believes it is a great opportunity for the team to progress further. Henderson wrote in his column This is Anfield,
"In a funny way it’s quite fitting that our first opponent back in the Champions League proper is Sevilla FC."
The Liverpool skipper iterated that tonight's match will announce the club's development from 2016's Europa League final.
He said, "I don’t like remembering that final in Basel, because it was one of my lowest moments in football, seeing the club lose such an important game. But heading into tonight it does serve to emphasise the progress we as a team and club have made since then and continue to make."
Making a huge statement of intent with regards to his opponents, Henderson claimed,
"To be honest, one of the reasons that we as players are so delighted to be back in the Champions League is that we believe we can take on and beat anyone in it."
Henderson concluded by stating that his team are planning to make this season's Champions League a memorable one. He said, "Hopefully, together, we can make this the start of a European campaign we can remember fondly in years to come. That’s certainly our aim.”
Liverpool are placed in Group E in this season's Champions League group stage. The Reds will be facing Sevilla tonight, followed by Maribor and Spartak Moscow.