Liverpool FC can look forward to facing PFC CSKA Moskva in the UEFA Super Cup match in Monaco on 26 August.
The competition was first staged in the 1973/74 season, and until 1999 brought together the European champions and their counterparts in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Since 2000, the match has featured the winners of the Champions League and UEFA Cup, following the abolition of the Cup Winners' Cup after the 1998/99 final.
As CSKA's 3-1 victory against Sporting Clube de Portugal in the UEFA Cup final was their maiden success in Europe, they will be participating in the traditional curtain-raiser to the European season for the first time. In contrast, Liverpool were involved as recently as 2001 when as UEFA Cup holders they defeated Champions League winners FC Bayern München 3-2 at Stade Louis II.
Following Liverpool's European Champion Clubs' Cup defeat of AS Roma in 1984, the Reds lost the Super Cup to Juventus FC, going down 2-0 at the Turin side's Comunale stadium in front of 55,384 supporters. Liverpool also succumbed to RSC Anderlecht in 1978, losing 4-3 on aggregate, but beat Hamburger SV 7-1 over two legs in 1976.