Champions League: Group F
Liverpool have been placed into Group F of the Champions League this season. It will be the Reds' first appearance in the Champions League since 2009 and have been blessed with a relatively easy group, managing to avoid giants like Barcelona, Real Madrid, or Bayern Munich. They, however, will have Portuguese powerhouse Porto to compete with for top spot.
FC Porto are no strangers to the European scene, but have barely made it to within touching distance of the Champions League in recent years, having only managed a Quarter Final finish at best. Their last, and only Champions League win came under Jose Mourinho in 2004. Despite failing time and time again to make it past the Quarter Finals however, Porto have a good record of breezing through their group stages and are arguably the strongest opposition to Liverpool in Group F.
Key Man - Jackson Martinez
The prolific Colombian striker has a great goalscoring record for Porto and is definitely the danger man. Since joining Porto in 2012, Martinez has racked up a tally of 46 goals in 60 Primeira Liga games, a stat that will definitely cause the other teams in Group F to pay closer attention to him on the pitch.
FC Steaua București
The Romanian champions won't exactly be considered very highly as a threat, having never been able to pass through a group stage in the Champions League. They failed to register a single Champions League win in their group last season, which had the likes of Schalke, Basel and Chelsea. However, although Steaua might not be the greatest team, they will be desperate to prove themselves against Liverpool and Porto.
Key Man - Cristian Tanase
Steaua's first team squad might not have much to shout about, but teams will have to look out for Cristian Tanase, who plays on the wing and is one of Steaua's most important players.
Last season's Swiss Super League winners FC Basel are ones to watch. They have qualified for European competition every season since 1999, something that shouldn't be scoffed at. Basel are most known for producing upsets against teams like Manchester United and Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and will be hoping to repeat some of that magic in their Group F matches.
Key Man - Fabian Frei
The central midfielder is a youth product of Basel and has been playing for the club since his arrival at their academy in 2004. Frei played a big part in his team's 3-3 draw against Manchester United three years ago, and is clearly one of the more influential players within the team. Additionally, he has a face that could scare the living shit out of you.