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Man Utd & Liverpool opponents in Champions League stage draw

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Manchester United and Liverpool are back in the Champions League group stage this season, with the all-important draw to be made in Istanbul on Thursday evening (17.00 BST).

The 32 teams that have qualified for the group stage have been split into four pots of eight and one from each pot will go into each of the eight groups A-H. Pot one is made up of seeded clubs, and the other three pots are determined by UEFA’s club coefficient rankings.

Based on a five-year rolling cycle, both clubs have a strong ranking score that puts them into pot two. Since 2016, United have won the Europa League, reached another final and semi-finals, as well as twice getting into the Champions League knockouts. Liverpool, meanwhile have both won and finished runners-up in the Champions League, although they were not in Europe in 2016/17.

Pot one is reserved for the Champions League holders, Europa League holders and the champions of each of Europe’s six highest ranked domestic leagues.

However, pot two is arguably the strongest in the draw and it actually means United and Liverpool instantly avoid Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG and Borussia Dortmund.