Reds cannot be drawn with any fellow Premier League sides in the group phase.
Premier League runners-up Liverpool face the daunting prospect of a tough-looking draw for next season’s Uefa Champions League after it was confirmed that they would not be one of the competition’s second seeds, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.
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The Merseyside giants will be making a long-awaited return to Europe’s premier club competition next season after finishing the previous Premier League campaign in second position behind eventual champions Manchester City.
However, as the Reds have not been in the Champions League since they made an inglorious exit at the group stage in the 2009-10 campaign, then Brendan Rodgers’s side are set to face a challenging group phase next autumn due to their low Uefa ranking that will see them placed in Pot Three.
And that means that club will be drawn alongside either Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, FC Porto or Bayern Munich from Pot One and either French champions Paris Saint-Germain, Serie A champions Juventus, FC Basel or Borussia Dortmund from Pot Two, while even the likes of AS Monaco and AS Roma will be in Pot Four.