The meeting in the continent’s second tier of the two clubs that share 16 European trophies between them shows just how far they have fallen. It has been described as meeting your arch-rival in an embarrassing place neither of you should really be at.
But with a Champions League place up for grabs at the end of the competition, there is some spice to tonight’s first leg.
Lallana said: “It is irrelevant what competition this is, it’s just a massive game. “The Champions League place is another carrot. It possibly makes the competition that much better. There’s more of a prize to fight for.”
Lallana believes Jon Flanagan’s crunching tackle on Raheem Sterling last week sparked Liverpool’s win over Manchester City and he wants to see plenty of that tonight to get the famous Kop roar going.
The ex-Southampton star said: “Flanno’s tackle the other night after 20 seconds, Hendo’s (Jordan Henderson) reaction, the fans embrace that and it spreads through the team. It is no coincidence that we won that game.