As it happened: LFC draw Napoli, Salzburg and Genk in Champions League

This was our live commentary on the Champions League Draw.

The Champions League draw is underway with Liverpool sitting proudly atop the rankings.

Fellow English clubs Chelsea (UEFA Cup winners) and Man City (Premier League winners) are also in pot 1.  Spurs are in pot 2.

Pot 1
Liverpool FC
Manchester City
Bayern München
Paris Saint-Germain
Pot 2
Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid
Borussia Dortmund
Shakhtar Donetsk
Pot 3
Bayer Leverkusen
FC Salzburg
Inter Milan
Dinamo Zagreb
Pot 4
Lokomotiv Moscow
Racing Genk
RB Leipzig
Slavia Prague
Red Star Belgrade

WATCH LIVE  (further updates underneath this video)


As it happened...

17:09 UK

Eric Cantona on the stage to receive some award.

Goes on about science and stuff.

Weird.  Even weirder is the applause he receives.

17:12 UK
Two reds up for potential awards

Alisson and Virgil at tonight's draw

17:20 UK

20 minutes in and we've got one man behind the four pots.  Petr Cech. 

This could take some time to get to meat of the action.

Awards time.

17:21 UK
Alisson - Champions League Goalie of the Year

Not a surprise.  He's boss.

17:21 UK

Draw about to start.. in stages

17:25 UK

As well as country protection - Russia and Ukraine teams will also not face each other in the groups.

17:31 UK
Liverpool pulled out of the hat

And we're in Group E.

Nobody to play yet.

17:33 UK
Virgil van Dijk - Defender of the Season

Another Champions League award for big Virg

17:37 UK
Pot 2 being drawn

About to find out who Liverpool's 'biggest opponents' will be.

Spurs drawn into Bayern Munich's group first.
Ajax with Chelsea.
Dortmund with Barcelona.
Benfica with Zenit St Petersburg.

Both Madrid clubs still in.

17:40 UK
Napoli it is!

Real Madrid with Paris St Germain.
Shakhtar Donetsk with Man City.
Atletico Madrid with Juventus.

Liverpool get Napoli.

17:44 UK
Pot 3 now

Inter are first out.  They can't face us because Napoli are in our group.

Inter go into the same group as Barcelona and Dortmund.

17:47 UK
FC Salzburg

Liverpool, Napoli and now FC Salzburg

17:53 UK
Pot 4 time

Here's the final clubs now coming out the bowl!

17:57 UK

Our group is now complete - Italy, Austria and Belgium to visit this Autumn/Winter.

Group E

Racing Genk

18:00 UK
Full Champions League Group Stage Draw 19/20

18:10 UK
Draw dates

Should be published by about 9pm tonight UK time.

Not a bad group for the reds, but winning the Champions League, and being in pot 1 should confer some advantage after all!

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