Liverpool await Champions League group stage draw

Liverpool will be seeded in pot 3 for the Champions League group stage draw to begin later today.

UEFA Champions League

The reds are amongst the 22 automatic qualifiers for the competition - joined by 10 teams who over the last two evenings have completed their quest to take part in Europe's top club football tournament.

Arsenal and Chelsea are in in the first group of seeds, with Man City edging into the second group.

Liverpool have missed four seasons of Champions League football following Rafa Benitez's sacking in the summer of 2010 - although they have twice played in the Europa League since that point.

Liverpool can't be drawn against any of their fellow English sides. They could be drawn against Zenit St Petersburg - the last side they faced in European competition, in the Europa League two seasons ago.

Our last Champions League group in 2009/10 contained Fiorentina, Lyon and Debrecen - none of whom are involved this time around.

Champions League Group Stage Seedings 2014-15

Pot 1: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Porto

Pot 2: Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk, Basel,Zenit Saint Petersburg, Manchester City

Pot 3: Bayer Leverkusen, Olympiacos, CSKA Moscow, Ajax, Liverpool, Sporting CP, Galatasaray, Athletic Bilbao

Pot 4: Anderlecht, Roma, APOEL, BATE Borisov, Ludogorets Razgrad, Maribor, Monaco, Malmo FF

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