CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: Reds face REAL MADRID

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Liverpool will face Real Madrid, FC Basel and Ludogorets on their return to the Champions League this season.

MADRID, SPAIN - Wednesday, February 25, 2009: Liverpool players walk out before the UEFA Champions League First Knock-Out Round against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The draw was made in Monaco on Thursday evening, with Liverpool drawn in Group B.

The Reds last faced Real in 2009, when they humbled the Spanish giants 4-0 at Anfield and won 1-0 in the Bernabeu.

The last, and only, meeting with FC Basel was in 2002 when the Swiss side drew 3-3 and 1-1 in the group stages.

Bulgarian side Ludogorets qualified for the Champions League for the first time via the play-off on Wednesday night, doing so in dramatic circumstances when their defender saved two penalties in the penalty shoot-out.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are back in the competition for the first time since 2009/10, having finished second in the Premier League last season.

FULL DRAW:

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiakos, Malmo
Group B: Real Madrid, Basel, Liverpool, Ludogorets Razgrad
Group C: Benfica, Zenit St Petersburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco
Group D: Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray, Anderlecht
Group E: Bayern Munich, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow, Roma
Group F: Barcelona, Paris St-Germain, Ajax, APOEL Nicosia
Group G: Chelsea, Schalke, Sporting Lisbon, Maribor
Group H: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao, BATE Borisov

MATCHDATES: (fixtures to be finalised)

Matchday 1: 16–17 September 2014
Matchday 2: 30 September–1 October 2014
Matchday 3: 21–22 October 2014
Matchday 4: 4–5 November 2014
Matchday 5: 25–26 November 2014
Matchday 6: 9–10 December 2014

To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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