Liverpool fans have been debating who they could face in the Champions League this summer, with a “group of death” possible.
The Reds’ first-ever Premier League win last season means they will be in Pot 1 for the draw on October 1.
Jurgen Klopp will hope his side can go further than their round-of-16 finish, crashing out to Atletico Madrid in a dramatic 3-2 [4-2 on aggregate] comeback win at Anfield.
But the latest Champions League rankings suggest that the English champions may not get the easiest route to a chance at winning the cup for a seventh time.
Liverpool are in the same pot as champions Bayern Munich, Europa League winners Sevilla as well as champions of Spain (Real Madrid), Italy (Juventus), France (PSG), Russia (Zenit St Petersburg) and Portugal (Porto).
This means that the Anfield side cannot be drawn against any of them in the group stages.
And they also cannot be placed against a fellow English side at this stage, meaning Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are out of their way.
The remaining three pots divided based on a European coefficient, a sum of all points won over the last five years in the country’s top league.
In Pot 2 Barcelona, who Liverpool beat 4-0 in 2019 to reach the Champions League final in an incredible comeback, top this list while their conquerors Atletico are next.
Borussia Dortmund and Ajax also make the second pot with the English sides and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Pots 3 and 4 are yet to be decided as the qualifying play-offs will be decided on September 22/23 and 29/30.
Despite having lower coefficients, RB Leipzig, Inter Milan and Marseille all feature.
One fan pointed out on Twitter that Liverpool could come up against Barca, the Serie A giants and the Cote d’Azur side.
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This topic was soon debated by the Anfield faithful, with some supporters welcoming the challenge.
“I would be so glad to beat Barca again,” one supporter said.
Another commented: “You’ve got to beat some of the best to be the best. Bring them all on.”
While a third sarcastically commented: “Bring it on. Could be worse – we could be facing Salford in the League Cup.”
And a fourth added: “Teams should be worried about us. Bring it on – we go again.”
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But others believe that the congested season and lack of fans would put big games at the group stage against the Reds.
A fifth fan said: “This will be tough.”
With a sixth commenting: “Wouldn't be surprised if we get that considering our luck with these things.”
And a final supporter said: “It's no secret that the atmosphere at Anfield gives us an edge. No way we beating Barca 4-0 without that atmosphere.”
It comes as Liverpool could also miss out on Champions League finalist Kylian Mbappe this summer.
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