STANDARD LIEGE v LIVERPOOL Uefa Champions League, third qualifying round, first leg: Date: Wednesday, 13 August Kick-off: 2005 BST Coverage: BBC Sport website
By Mandeep Sanghera
Onyewu was part of a Newcastle side which beat Liverpool
Standard Liege defender Oguchi Onyewu says it is unfair the Belgian league winners have to play Liverpool in a Champions League qualifier.
The Belgian champions face Liverpool, who finished fourth in the Premier League last season, on Wednesday.
"I'm sure a lot of Belgians feel it is unfair the champions of a country have to play a qualifying round to get into the Champions League," said Onyewu.
It was worse because Liverpool were "such a strong opponent", he said.
Liege won their first title in 25 years with last season but did not get an automatic place in the group stages because of governing body Uefa's coefficient ranking list.
"I'm sure people in Belgium were hoping that once you win your championship that you would automatically qualify for the Champions League like some other countries do, such as England, Germany, Spain and so on," the Liege centre-back, who will be suspended for the first leg.
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