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You know the beat - four pots, the first one comprising of league and European champions, and no two teams of the same league eligible to play in the same group.

Teams from the same nation can not face each other in the group stage, meaning Borussia Dortmund will avoid Bayern Munich, Schalke and Hoffenheim.

The draw for the group stage takes place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco with the ceremony getting underway at 5pm this evening. Stay logged on to Liverpoolfc.com for full details, including confirmed fixture dates.

Liverpool would have faced one of the teams from pot one - made up of the champions of the continent's top leagues and the winners of last season's Champions League and Europa League - regardless of what happened on Wednesday night.

Jurgen Klopp's men could now be drawn in a nightmare "group of death" along with Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan while Real Madrid, Napoli and Galatasaray is also a possibility.

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Red Star Belgrade, PSV Eindhoven, Young Boys, AEK Athens, Benfica and Ajax were the teams who qualified at the last minute and have slotted themselves in the third and fourth pots respectively.

Had Benfica lost then Liverpool would have joined Manchester United and Tottenham in pot two.

Here is a look at the best possible draw Liverpool could land. One team from each pot will be placed in each group.

Sky Sports states that 'tThe European champions are closely monitoring the 23-year-old's form and will have club representatives in the crowd at Wembley when England face Spain in the UEFA Nations League on September 8'. And Dortmund will be desperately hoping to avoid them this time around. While Inter Milan are arguably the worst possible opponent in pot four, having made some impressive signings in the summer.

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