With a title race six-pointer to come against Manchester City on Sunday, you’d forgive Liverpool fans for thinking their Champions League clash with KRC Genk pales into insignificance.
After all, the Reds are already European champions and their priority this season is, without a doubt, finally ending that long top-flight title drought.
Furthermore, after the high of their comeback win over Aston Villa at the weekend, and the anticipation of their face-off against City, facing Genk at home could seem like a rather unromantic prospect to some supporters.
However, Tuesday night will actually be far more significant than many realise, with Liverpool’s already rich continental history – six European Cups, three Uefa Cups and four European Super Cups – is about to get that little bit bigger.
Liverpool’s Anfield showdown against Genk will be their 400th in international competitions, making them the first-ever English team to achieve that feat.
Of those 400 games, Jamie Carragher is the club’s record appearance holder with 152 international games under his belt, while fellow Scouser and club legend Steven Gerrard is second with 132.
Unsurprisingly, Manchester United are Liverpool’s closest English challengers with 379 international matches to date, while Arsenal have 311 and, including their clash with Ajax on Tuesday, Chelsea will have 260.
And again, it’ll come as little surprise that Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid lead the way, having amassed a huge 571 and 555 appearances respectively (as of Tuesday), while German powerhouse Bayern Munich have 475.
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