Roy Evans excited ahead of Liverpool's Champions League return

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The former Liverpool manager thinks the draw is a good one for the club.

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has said the side have been handed a great draw on their return to the Champions League.

The Reds were drawn in Group B alongside reigning champions Real Madrid, Swiss champions Basel and Bulgarian champions Ludogorets.

Many feel there is the opportunity for Liverpool to get out of the group and qualify for the knockout stages, and Evans is of the same opinion.

Evans is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “It is a great draw.

“Absolutely fantastic, both for the fans and the club. I feel there is a good chance to get out of the group with the games against Basel and Ludogrets. I don’t know how the games with Real are going to go but they will be great fixtures.”

This will be Liverpool's first participation in the competition since 2009, and it's a draw that has a good mix. In terms of travel, the furthest Brendan Rodgers' side will have to travel is to Sofia to take on Ludogorets, with Madrid and Basel fairly friendly in terms of travel.

The draw gave Liverpool the mix of the glamour but also the prospect of progressing to the next round. It will be interesting to see how the Reds perform in Europe after their high-pressing, high-tempo game has caused so many problems for sides in the Premier League.

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