Why Liverpool should fear no one in the Champions League

Talk of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and more should not faze the five-time winners of the European Cup.

'The Group of Death' is a phrase that comes around during the draw for every major tournament.

And, when it comes to the Champions League, it is no different - especially for a side like Liverpool, who haven't been in the competition for several years.

But to fear any potential group would be to unnecessarily underestimate the Reds.

Historically, there is more to fear for opponents coming to Anfield than vice versa, with many great sides crumbling on Merseyside in the recent past. Indeed, Liverpool have often done extremely well in Europe even during a poor domestic campaign.

Although they were different times, Real Madrid were dismantled 4-0 - and 5-0 over two legs - when they faced Steven Gerrard and co. Barcelona, meanwhile, were beaten by a Liverpool side containing Jon Arne Riise and Craig Bellamy.

You may argue that these sides have improved vastly since. But haven't Liverpool, too?

 Games at Anfield 2013/14 Possession PercentageGoalsGoals ConcededPlayed
Liverpool 57.00 57 20 19

As Opta stats show, the Reds were in supreme form at home in last season's Premier League, when they won 16 games, drew once and lost just twice.

During those games, Brendan Rodgers' side averaged 57% of possession per game and scored an incredible 57 goals, conceding only 20.

As Borussia Dortmund learnt recently during pre-season, you will get punished if you don't bring your A game to Anfield.

Liverpool have admittedly suffered some teething problems at the start of the current campaign after losing Luis Suarez this summer but, once new signing Mario Balotelli settles, the Reds will be in the perfect position to hurt teams at home in the group stage.

With that Anfield fear factor, Rodgers' side can easily aim to win nine points out of nine at home during more famous European nights - whomever they play. To qualify, then, it will simply be a case of playing it smart away from Merseyside.

But by no means is there anything to fear for the five-time European champions.

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