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Tes:
Now we're actually in it. I wasn't going to tempt fate beforehand.

The draw is at 5pm in Monaco, tomorrow.

Pot 1: Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Benfica, Monaco, Spartak Moscow, Shakhtar Donetsk

Pot 2: Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Man City, Porto, Man United

Pot 3: Napoli, Tottenham, Basel, Olympiakos, Anderlecht, Liverpool, Roma, Besiktas

Pot 4: Celtic, CSKA Moscow, APOEL, Feyenoord, Sporting CP, Maribor, Qarabag, RB Leipzig

We'll get one team from pots 1, 2 & 4 - we can't be drawn against other English teams.

How about this for the 'revenge' group:

Juventus - trying it on when attempting to sign Can
Barcelona - Coutinho etc, etc
RB Leipzig - for not selling us Keita

An all German group:

Bayern
Dortmund
RB Leipzig

It would be rather ironic if we drew Dortmund and Celtic.

A not overly hard group, but with enough to keep us fully focused, and with ease of travel thrown in too, would be:

Benfica
Porto
Feyenoord

Ones to avoid because of travel and/or potential adverse weather are: Shakhtar Donetsk and Spartak Moscow from pot 1 and CSKA Moscow and FK Qarabag (Azerbaijan) from pot 4.

Tes:
We've been drawn with Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Maribor.

That's some traveling to do:

Moscow 2,018 miles

Seville 1,584 miles

Maribor (Slovenia) 1,183 miles

Gurdeep:

--- Quote from: Tes on August 24, 2017, 05:57:44 PM ---We've been drawn with Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Maribor.

That's some traveling to do:

Moscow 2,018 miles

Seville 1,584 miles

Maribor (Slovenia) 1,183 miles

--- End quote ---

Pretty decent draw for us I reckon.

Tes:

--- Quote from: Gurdeep on August 28, 2017, 08:48:23 PM ---Pretty decent draw for us I reckon.

--- End quote ---

The Air Miles account agrees with you.

Footballing wise, we can't be complacent, but there were much tougher teams and groups we could have had.

Tes:
Liverpool reveal Champions League group stage squad with Philippe Coutinho but no Nathaniel Clyne

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/liverpool-news-champions-league-squad-philippe-coutinho-nathaniel-clyne-danny-ings-a7928861.html

Liverpool squad for the Champions League group stages: Simon Mignolet, Loris Karius, Danny Ward, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez*, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Jon Flanagan, Conor Masterson*, Trent Alexander-Arnold*, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, Marko Grujic, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Emre Can, Cameron Brannagan*, Ovie Ejaria*, Sheyi Ojo*, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane, Dominic Solanke, Ryan Kent*, Rhian Brewster*, Ben Woodburn*, Harry Wilson*.

* B list players.

What is List B, then?
A player may be registered on List B if he is born on, or after, 1 January 1995 and has been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday (players aged 16 may be registered if they have been registered with the club for the previous two years). Clubs are entitled to register an unlimited number of players on List B during the season, but the list must be submitted by no later than 24:00CET the day before a match.

I wonder if Clyne's omission is a sign of how long he's likely to be out and Klopp didn't want to take up a place by naming a player who wouldn't be fit for maybe 4 out of the 6 games at least.

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