Liverpool are among the 32 clubs who will be in the Champions League group stage draw. Reigning Premier League champions Liverpool enter the draw in pot one, where they are joined by last season’s European conquerors Bayern Munich little more than a month on from their final triumph over Paris Saint-Germain – who also occupy a spot among the top seeds courtesy of their Ligue 1 triumph.
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They are joined by Europa League winners Sevilla and four other league champions in the form of Real Madrid, Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Porto, meaning a tricky draw could be on the cards for the other English clubs involved. City, United and Chelsea all find themselves in pot two, and although that means they will avoid strong opposition such as Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, there are a number of clubs in pot three who will undoubtedly be marked as the clubs to avoid – where RB Leipzig, Inter Milan and Atalanta are the pick of the bunch.
Here’s how the pots will be drawn, with live updates of both the Champions League draw and the Uefa Best awards below:
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW
Group A: Bayern Munich Atletico Madrid Red Bull Salzberg,
Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan,
Group C: FC Porto, Manchester City, Olympiakos,
Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta,
Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar,
Group F: Zenit St Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio,
Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv,
Group H: Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, RB Leipzig
This is turning into the draw from hell for Manchester United, who already face a tough ask against PSG and now have last season’s semi-finalists in RB Leipzig to join the 2020 finalists. If they draw one of Marseille or Lokomotiv Moscow, it will prove one of the worst outcomes possible for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. Manchester City will be smiling so far, with Porto and Olympiakos joining them in Group C, while Liverpool and Chelsea are also likely to emerge relatively unscathed given what was at stake.
gongs are dished out and it’s back to Bayern we go, with Robert Lewandowski – last season’s top scorer in Europe – handed the men’s award while new Chelsea Women signing Pernille Harder collects the women’s trophy for her similar efforts with Lyon last season.