Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

All you need to know about the Champions League draw

All you need to know about the Champions League draw

The Champions League group stages will be be decided today in a ceremony in Monaco.

Benfica's qualification means Liverpool have landed in pot three despite reaching the final last season, losing to Real Madrid after a pair of Loris Karius errors.

As a result, Jürgen Klopp's side will now face one of Pot 2's Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Benfica, Napoli or Roma, instead of one of the more favourable-looking bunch from Pot 3 which includes Schalke, Lyon, Monaco, Ajax, CSKA Moscow, PSV Eindhoven and Valencia.

The Champions League group stage draw will be made on Thursday afternoon and fans of the four Premier League clubs involved will be on the edge of their seats to discover their opponents. The previous two times City won the league, UEFA used a coefficient system and since then, champions from Europe's top-ranked leagues have automatically gone into Pot 1.

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Real Madrid have reignited their interest in signing Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, according to Sky Sports. One team from each pot will be placed in each group.

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Among the worst-case scenarios for Liverpool would be a group also containing Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter. Galatasaray is the cliched "tough place to go" in the Champions League, while Swiss Super League side Young Boys make their debut in the competition.

Liverpool are a third seed, and a nasty surprise for teams hoping to avoid them.

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