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Liverpool are facing a potential group of death in the Champions League group stage draw.

The four pots were confirmed on Wednesday after the final play-off fixtures were completed and the way things are lining up, we could see some really tough groups in the competition this season.

Benfica bounced back after conceding an early goal to hammer Greek side PAOK 4-1 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate while former European champions PSV made short work of BATE Borisov from Belarus, scoring early and winning 6-2 over the two legs.

Pot one consists of the holders (Real Madrid), the Europa League winners (Atlético Madrid) and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Last season's semi-finalists Roma are also in pot two, while fellow Serie A side Napoli boast Carlo Ancelotti, a three-time victor of the competition, as their new coach.

Other than these, every team knows which pot group they are in.

Manchester City now stand as favourites to win the tournament come June, at 5/1.

The teams are split into four seeding pots.

Pot three actually has plenty of decent clubs and the weakest sides are probably those qualifying from the Eredivisie, and it's only fair to pick Ajax after their second place finish. Valencia have made eye-catching signings including Goncalo Guedes from PSG and Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi - they will be risky.

Among the worst-case scenarios for Liverpool would be a group also containing Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter. And Dortmund should have no problems beating Swiss club Young Boys either.

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Milos Degenek scored the goal to send Red Star into the Champions League group stage.

The draw for the pool phase begins at 6pm Irish time at the Grimaldi Forum (live on RTÉ News Now and RTÉ Player), with the ceremony also seeing the winners of the UEFA Player Awards being announced.

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