Thursday, 28th August, 2014

On the eve of Liverpool’s return to the Champions League, Joe Allen insisted that there are no easy groups in the competition.

The Reds last played in Europe’s elite club competition in the 2009/10 season, where they were knocked out in the group stage.

The Welshman said that he is eager to test his skills against the best players and the best teams in Europe.

"There is a part of me, of course, that wants to come up against the best teams and the best players”, Allen told the club’s official site.

“You have to have the confidence that you can.”  


Although Allen would love Liverpool to be placed in an ‘easier group’, he stressed that there are no such things as easy teams or easy groups in the Champions League.

"But, at the same time, an 'easier' group would do quite nicely. Mind you, there's no such thing as an easy group in the Champions League.”

The former Swansea midfielder also said that Liverpool are excited about playing in the Champions League again and they are ready to face any team in the competition.

"We have to wait and see. No matter who it brings, it's going to be exciting for us and we're all really looking forward to hitting the ground running when the games start."

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