Liverpool learn Champions League pot — could face Man City in new 'group' stage

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Liverpool learn Champions League pot — could face Man City in new 'group' stage

Liverpool qualified for the Champions League for the 2024/25 season, having finished third in the Premier League this term.

The format of the competition will change next season. There will be 36 teams competing in a single league, where each side will play eight matches (compared to six in the group stage in previous editions).

There will be games against different teams, not the same sides at home and away. Each team will play four games at home and four away.

Each team will be drawn into one of four seeding pots and will face two opponents from each pot. The pots will be based on UEFA coefficients.

ESPN report that Liverpool will make the first seeding pot. It will also include Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Inter, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Barcelona.

The curious thing about the new format is that teams from the same country could play against each other before the play-offs. Teams from the same country should be kept apart but sides from England, Italy, Spain and Germany might face each other in case of deadlocking. That's because these countries will have four or more teams in the competition.

In addition to Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal and Aston Villa will represent the Premier League in the competition next season — and there is a likelihood that the Reds might face them in the 'league' stage.

AuthorAleksei BlokhinSourceESPN
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