UCL draw explainer: Confirmed pots and possible groups of death

Sherman Parsons
August 30, 2018

Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool will learn their Champions League group-stage opponents in Monaco on Thursday. Pot 1 contains the current champions from Europe's biggest domestic leagues and the two sides with the highest UEFA coefficient.

On the other hand, if the draw goes City's way they could be matched with Shakhtar Donetsk, PSV Eindhoven and Young Boys for example, a group you'd expect City to win with some comfort.

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The draw for the group stages will take place on Thursday, 30 August in Monaco at 5pm.

Had Benfica lost then Liverpool would have joined Manchester United and Tottenham in pot two.

One team will be taken from each pot to form a group, but teams from the same association can not face each other. But the draw could make some interesting ties and it is very possible that Borussia Dortmund could be in the group of death once again.

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Red Star Belgrade, who lifted the European Cup in 1991, took their place in pot four by coming from 2-0 behind to draw 2-2 against Salzburg and making through on away goals.

Tough one really because there are plenty of teams in pot four that would have Mourinho rubbing his hands together with AEK Athens and Red Star Belgrade probably the weakest.

But what's the best case scenario for the Red Devils?

Sky Sports states that 'tThe European champions are closely monitoring the 23-year-old's form and will have club representatives in the crowd at Wembley when England face Spain in the UEFA Nations League on September 8'. Had Benfica failed to qualify, Liverpool would have moved up to Pot 2. Jurgen Klopp's men reached the final last time around and have won all three of their games so far this season.

Here is a look at the worst possible draw Liverpool could end up with.

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