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Liverpool are back in the Champions League and any English football fan will tell you that is where they belong. The Reds have a romantic history with the European Cup, winning the continent’s elite club competition five times throughout their illustrious formation – more times than any other English club.

Jurgen Klopp knows exactly what the European Cup means to those passionate and adoring fans at Anfield and he will do his utmost to ensure that Liverpool can challenge on multiple fronts this term. The Reds know that domestic success isn’t far away and a maiden Premier League title might just be the number one priority – along with a respectable run in Europe’s elite club competition.

At the time of writing, the Reds are priced at around 33/1 to win the Champions League this season and Klopp’s men have the potential to go far in the competition. Liverpool topped the Premier League’s “mini series” last year, showing that the Reds are capable of going up against the best teams in England and holding their own.

With that in mind, backing Liverpool to go far in the European Cup could prove prudent. In fact, England will have five representatives in the Champions League this season and the 5/2 available for any Premier League club to lift the trophy is well worth a second glance. The Reds must negotiate a qualifying round before entering the group stages but they shouldn’t have too many issues in that particular double header.

Liverpool are surely the value bet in this season’s Champions League. Yes, the Reds need to improve defensively but Klopp’s men can blow opposing teams away with their attacking talent. If Liverpool receive a favourable group stage draw, the odds may tumble and it might be worth looking at the various online bookmakers free bets for summer 2017 to secure the best value.

For now, Liverpool’s main priority will be keeping Philippe Coutinho on their books. Various reports have claimed that Barcelona are pushing to sign the 25-year-old but the Reds are insisting that he is not for sale at any price. Until the Spanish giants come in with an offer that Liverpool simply cannot refuse, it looks like Coutinho will – for the time being at least, remain a Red.

And if truth be told, Liverpool need players like Coutinho if they are to compete at the top table of European football once again. The attacking trident of Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane – as well as summer signing Mohamed Salah – could make all the difference this season if they stay fit. On paper, the Reds might have the best attacking unit in England; it certainly rivals that of Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are heading in the right direction and it would be foolish to rule the Reds out completely on their Champions League return. Yes, it will depend massively on the group stage draw but Liverpool’s affinity with the European Cup should spur Klopp’s men on. Keeping Coutinho is a must but with the Brazilian steering the ship, Liverpool could be in contention come the business end of the season.

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