Liverpool cemented their place in the Champions League group stage yesterday after a thrilling 4-2 win over TSG Hoffenheim. The Reds fairly easily dispatched Julian Nagelsmann’s men at Anfield, with three goals coming in the first half hour.
Liverpool were then placed into Pot 3, alongside Napoli, Tottenham Hotspur, FC Basel, Olympiacos, Anderlecht, AS Roma, and Beşiktaş for the UCL group stages draw. There are four pots of teams, with the first including teams that have won their respective leagues and reached the top of the UEFA CLUB Coefficient metric.
Teams were drawn one at a time from each pot to make up the eight groups for the group stages of the Champions League competition. The only stipulation going into it is that no teams can play against teams from their same country in the group stages, so any of the English teams are automatically out as potential adversaries. With five English teams in the group stages for the first time
With the help of Francesco Totti and Andrei Schevchenko, Liverpool have been drawn into group E, facing opponents FC Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, and Maribor. They were only eligible to be drawn into Groups E or H according to UEFA’s stipulations, so that made the process of elimination fairly simple, but no less nerve-wracking. Hopes were high that the Reds would be drawn against bigger teams, with outcomes looking likely to face Barcelona or PSG, but nothing is ever easy for Liverpool.
Look at long travel days and a truly intimidating Sevilla side ahead as our obstacles in this group stage. Not that inspiring, but just another hurdle to conquer while we have the chance.