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The best and worst scenarios for Liverpool in the Champions League draw

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So, Liverpool are back in the Champions League - a competition they have won five times.

After finishing fourth in the Premier League last season, Jurgen Klopp’s side needed to qualify via the playoff.

And they did just that, beating German side Hoffenheim 6-3 on aggregate to progress to the group stages.

But Liverpool can’t sit back and enjoy the fact they will be amongst Europe’s elite for too long. That’s because they will discover the three clubs they will meet in the group stage when the draw takes place this afternoon.

Due to their lack of success in Europe over the past five years, the Merseysiders will be in Pot Three.

That means there is a real possibility of being drawn against a European superpower and potentially being in the Group of Death.

So, what is the best and worst case scenario for Liverpool ahead of the draw in Monaco at around 5pm BST?

Liverpool FC v 1899 Hoffenheim - UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round: Second Leg

Let’s take a look:

Worst case scenario:

* Real Madrid
* Liverpool
* RB Leipzig

Being drawn against Real Madrid - who have won the competition in the previous two seasons - Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig - who refused to sell Naby Keita to Liverpool this summer would surely be the worst possible group.

Liverpool FC v 1899 Hoffenheim - UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round: Second Leg

But that’s not the only scenario that would leave Klopp rather worried about his side’s chances of progression.

* Juventus
* Barcelona
* Liverpool
* Feyenoord

They could also be drawn against last season’s finalists Juventus, Barcelona - who could field Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and *possibly* Philippe Coutinho and Dutch champions Feyenoord.

But Kopites shouldn’t be heading into the draw too fearful.

There is also a chance of them landing a fairly comfortable looking group - if such a thing exists in Champions League football.

Best case scenario:

* Shakhtar
* Sevilla
* Liverpool
* Maribor

Shakhtar find themselves in Pot One and Liverpool will hope to land them - rather than Real Madrid or Juventus. They would also like to get their revenge on Sevilla after the Spanish side defeated them in the 2015 Europa League final. Slovenian side Maribor are one of the weakest sides in the competition in Pot Four.

Liverpool FC v 1899 Hoffenheim - UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round: Second Leg

An alternative to that group could be:

* Benfica
* Dortmund
* Liverpool
* FC Kobenhavn

Again, landing Benfica as the Pot One side would be a massive bonus, while Klopp could be reunited with his former club - Borussia Dortmund - like he was in the 2015 Europa League campaign. Like Maribor, Danish side FC Kobenhavn are one of the weakest sides in Pot Four.

Klopp is very excited

But no matter who Liverpool face, Klopp is just exciting to be in the biggest competition in Europe and fears nobody.

"There will be a few nice and difficult opponents but no-one, with this atmosphere, wants to get us in the group stage," said Klopp after beating Hoffenheim.

"I'm really looking forward to the draw."

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