Liverpool will be the Pot 2 for next season’s Champions League draw, with 25 clubs already qualified for Europe’s top-tier tournament following the end of the campaign.
It is an excellent achievement given their woes throughout, and now Jurgen Klopp and his players can look forward to another season among the continent’s best sides.
Securing Champions League football could have big ramifications on the summer ahead in terms of recruitment and player retention, with the club able to use their participation as incentive.
Klopp’s squad, and his potential new signings, can already look ahead to possible matchups as seedings are confirmed for the tournament in 2021/22.
Liverpool will be in Pot 2, alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG and Sevilla, with Chelsea and Man United joining them unless they win this season’s Champions League and Europa League respectively.
The current pots for next season’s Champions League are as follows:
Bestikas, Dynamo Kyiv and Club Brugge could be in either Pot 3 or 4, depending on coefficients and the results of the qualifying rounds.
Liverpool’s ‘best’ and ‘worst’ scenario groups
Best: Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Ajax, AC Milan
Worst: Sporting CP, Liverpool, Atalanta, Wolfsburg
Salzburg, Slavia Prague, Rangers, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco, Benfica, Genk, Spartak Moscow, Olympiakos, Young Boys, Red Star, Celtic, PSV Eindhoven, Rapid Wien and Galatasaray are among the clubs in the preliminary rounds.
As it stands, therefore, Liverpool could face a Champions League ‘Group of Death’ of Bayern Munich, Ajax and AC Milan, with Sporting CP, Atalanta and Wolfsburg the ‘easiest’ group on paper so far.
The Reds will relish whichever challenge in put in front of them, though, having fought for their place in the Champions League for this exact reason.