True. I just think winning your domestic league should be a bit more rewarding than having to win 3 preliminery matches to qualify.
On the other hand, what if you go straight into the competition and draw, say, Real Madrid? Personally I think they should do the same pre-qualifying thing for internationals. Teams like San Marino and Andorra should all have to play each other to see who makes the qualifying group. It might seem unfair but when teams like England or France spend a couple of days on an away game beating San Marino 8-0, it's a waste of time for all concerned. I think they've drawn one game in the last 15 years and haven't won at all.
Anyway, thoughts on Liverpool-Barca. I was impressed by Mane and I also really like the look of Kevin Stewart. Proper sitting midfielder, combative, intercepts well and has a good vision for a forward pass. I hope to see more of Markovic this season too. I liked him in his first season at Liverpool.