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Europa League Groups and Schedules Released

Don't worry, the world around you is still on fire, and will continue to be for at least the next six hours or so. But as of yet, the moves away from Anfield for Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing are the only ones that have happend in reality. Talk of Leandro Damião has floated around but seems unlikely, a loan deal for Yossi Benyaoun--in addition to Daniel Sturridge--was proven false, and there's been no new names with any sort of seriousness about them beyond Clint Dempsey apparently threatening to retire unless he's allowed to go to Liverpool. So yeah.

In the meantime the groups were announced for the Europa League; Liverpool are in Group A with Anzhi Makhachkala, Young Boys of Switzerland, and Udinese, which is, at least on the surface, one of the more difficult draws of the group stage. Inppropriate jokes about Young Boys aside, play will kick off on September 20th away to the Swiss side, with Liverpool's first home match set for October 4th against Udinese.

Today will have a large impact on how Liverpool are able to approach these matches, especially with a number of important Premier League fixtures in the midst of the six matches that will range from September to December. As @LFCZone pointed out earlier (with a small correction to the venue of one) while we were stalking their conversation with Nate, there's dates with United, Everton, and Chelsea immediately following Europa League matches.

With a squad that at the current moment has very little depth, it's going to be a huge challenge to compete on multiple fronts, and with League Cup action kicking off the week after the trip to Switzerland and home date with United, things are going to get very busy very quickly.

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