If Liverpool are to make it to Istanbul and perhaps even win their seventh European Cup in the 2021-22 edition of the Champions League, they will have a long and difficult road to get there after the group stage draw dropped Jürgen Klopp’s side into the toughest group the competition has seen in some time.
Off the bat, pot two side Liverpool were the second side dropped into Group B after Atletico Madrid—who we last see dumping the Reds out in the knockout rounds in 2019-20. Not long after, FC Porto was drawn as the group’s third side—with the only obviously tougher draw in pot three being RB Leipzig.
To round it out, Group B were then given the most difficult team from pot four, AC Milan, runners up in Serie A last season. It sets up a gauntlet Liverpool will have to somehow pass through to even make it to the knockout rounds—but then every other side in Group B will be saying exactly the same thing right now.
Atletico Madrid. Liverpool FC. FC Porto. AC Milan.
For the neutral, at least, it just might be the best Champions League group that’s ever been drawn in the history of the competition. For Liverpool—and Atleti and Porto and Milan—it will mean a very, very tough road with the first group stage matches set to be played on the 14th or 15th of September.
Elsewhere, Manchester City will have a difficult time in a group with Paris-Saint Germain and RB Leipzig, as will Chelsea with Juventus and Zenit St. Petersburg, while Bayern, Barcelona, and Benfica in Group E looks intriguing. Man United will likely view their draw of Villarreal and Atalanta as comparatively kind.