Champions League group stage draw: Full info on who Liverpool can face in 2019/20

Liverpool await the draw for the Champions League group stage on Thursday evening, as they prepare to defend the European Cup.

Jurgen Klopp won the first trophy of his spell on Merseyside with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in June, after the Reds defeated the likes of Bayern Munich, Porto and Barcelona en-route to Madrid.

They are now tasked with attempting to retain the trophy, which will no doubt be a difficult task as they head into the tournament six-time champions.

So who can Liverpool draw in the group stage of this season’s Champions League? Here’s all you need to know.


When and where?

The Champions League group stage draw will be held in Monaco, beginning at 5pm (BST) on Thursday evening.

However, UEFA are likely to string the process out, so prepare to wait!

The draw will be streamed live on UEFA’s official website, as well as on BT Sport in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.


MUNICH, GERMANY - Wednesday, March 13, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Who can Liverpool draw?

The Reds are in Pot 1 for the Champions League group stage draw, and therefore will play one side from each of Pots 2, 3 and 4.

However, no two sides from the same Football Association can be drawn against each other in the group stage.

Pot 1

Bayern Munich
Man City
Paris Saint-Germain
Zenit St Petersburg

Pot 2

Atletico Madrid
Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid
Shakhtar Donetsk

Pot 3

Bayer Leverkusen
Club Brugge
Dinamo Zagreb
Inter Milan
Red Bull Salzburg

Pot 4

Lokomotiv Moscow
RB Leipzig
Red Star Belgrade
Slavia Prague


When will the ties be held?

Matchday 1: September 17/18
Matchday 2: October 1/2
Matchday 3: October 22/23
Matchday 4: November 5/6
Matchday 5: November 26/27
Matchday 6: December 10/11


MADRID, SPAIN - SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and his back room staff celebrate as they lift the European Cup following a 2-0 victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda) Pepijn Lijnders

Klopp’s Approach

Despite the Reds lifting the European Cup following a 2-0 victory in Madrid, Klopp has insisted his side are not favourites to win the competition this time around.

Manchester City are once again a favourite, they are very good,” the manager told kicker.

Liverpool are guaranteed to go all out to reach a third consecutive final and retain their title, however, and a full-throttle approach can be expected regardless of the opponents.

This Is Anfield will be providing coverage of the Champions League draw on Twitter, while you can also follow by downloading the This is Anfield app.