The finalists from last season were drawn in Group A on Thursday, with Ajax, Napoli and Rangers all joining Liverpool in the first stage of the competition.
The Reds’ campaign kicks off at Napoli, with Ajax the opposition in the first home match on matchday two, with back-to-back games against Rangers to quickly follow.
It is worth mentioning that Leeds‘ visit after the trip to Ajax and the visit of Napoli is to move to a Saturday slot to allow for a three-day gap between games.
Here is who the Reds face before and after each Champions League group game this season:
Matchday 1: Napoli (A) – September 7
Matchday 2: Ajax (H) – September 13
Matchday 3: Rangers (H) – October 4
Matchday 4: Rangers (A) – October 12
Matchday 5: Ajax (A) – October 26
Matchday 6: Napoli (H) – November 1
From the dates confirmed to date, only two Champions League games are to be followed by a league match on a Saturday, with the rest falling on a Sunday.
At first glance, that would appeal to Klopp, but the condensed schedule, thanks to the World Cup, ensures European matches are played over eight weeks rather than the usual 12.
The schedule is jam-packed, with Liverpool’s next 18 games in the league and Champions League to be played out in the space of 10 weeks – inclusive of the September international break.