Champions League Group Stage Draw – teams and seeds finalised

The final qualification games have now been completed ahead of Thursday's UEFA Champions League group stage draw.

The reds entered the draw last season in the third pot of seeds but there is no mistaking Liverpool's position in the draw this year.

As holders and current European Champions, Liverpool are the top ranked side in the competition, along with Europa League winners Chelsea.  The 6 league champions of Europe's top ranked leagues also make up the seeds in pot 1.

Teams from the same country cannot play each other, but with only Tottenham outside of pot 1 it allows a pretty open grouping for Liverpool to face.

Both Madrid clubs are in pot 2 (the reds have an almost 30% chance of drawing one of those two sides).  Facing Atletico would obviously return Liverpool back to the Metropolitano stadium, the scene of our 6th European Cup triumph back in June.

With a German club in each pot, and thus they will have to avoid each other - there is also a strong chance that the reds will be placed in a group with one of the clubs from Klopp's homeland.

Similarly there are 2 French and Belgian clubs in pots 3 and 4.  Country protection for them may also increase the chance that Liverpool will could be drawn against them.

The final this season will be held at the Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul - the scene of Liverpool's 2005 triumph.

Seeding for Champions League Group Stage Draw 2019/20

Pot 1

European Champions and Super Cup holders Liverpool FC
Chelsea ENG (UEFA Europa League Winners)
Barcelona
Manchester City
Juventus
Bayern Munich
Paris Saint-Germain
Zenit

Pot 2

Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid
Borussia Dortmund
Napoli
Shakhtar Donetsk
Spurs
Ajax
Benfica

Pot 3

Lyon
Bayer Leverkusen
FC Salzburg
Olympiacos
Brugge
Valencia
Inter Milan
Dinamo Zagreb

Pot 4

Lokomotiv Moscow
Racing Genk
Galatasaray
RB Leipzig
Slavia Prague
Red Star Belgrade
Atalanta
Lille

The draw begins at 5pm UK time from UEFA Headquarters.

One comment on
Champions League Group Stage Draw – teams and seeds finalised

  1. Could be wrong but don’t think we’ve played Atletico in any competitive game.

    Would be quite nice to face them and go back to the Wanda Metropolitano.

    Brugge as well for the fact it’s been just over 40 years since that final at Wembley.

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