Europa League draw sees LFC head to Italy, Switzerland & Russia

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The draw for the Europa League group stages has been made this Friday lunchtime, with Liverpool being drawn against Italian side Udinese, Young Boys of Switzerland and Anzhi Makhachkala of Russia.

It will be a journey into the unknown, with Liverpool having never faced any of their group A opponents in a competitive fixture before.

Anzhi are the side owned by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, managed by Guus Hiddink and captained by Samuel Eto’o. They also have former Blackburn captain Chris Samba and Chelsea midfiedler Yuri Zhirkov.

Udinese finished third in Serie A last season, they play at Stadio Friuli, which holds 30,000.

Young Boys also finished third, in the Swiss Super League. Their stadium, Stade de Suisse, was built in 2005 in Bern and has a capacity of 32,000.

Liverpool saw off Scottish side Hearts 2-1 on aggregate to progress to the group stages.

FULL DRAW:

GROUP A
Liverpool
Udinese
Young Boys
Anzhi

GROUP B
Atletico Madrid
Hapoel Tel-Aviv
Viktoria Plezn
Academica

GROUP C
Marseille
Fenerbahce
Borussia Monchengladbach
AEL

GROUP D
Bordeaux
Club Brugge
Newcastle
Maritimo

GROUP E
Stuttgart
FC Copenhagen
Steaua Bucharest
Molde

GROUP F
PSV Eindhoven
Napoli
Dnipro
AIK

GROUP G
Sporting Lisbon
Basle
Genk
Videoton

GROUP H
Inter Milan
Rubin Kazan
Partizan Belgrade
Neftci

GROUP I
Lyon
Athletic Bilbao
Sparta Prague
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona

GROUP J
Tottenham
Panathinaikos
Lazio
Maribor

GROUP K
Bayer Leverkusen
Metalist
Rosenborg
Rapid Vienna

GROUP L
Twente
Hannover
Levante
Helsingborg

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