Liverpool placed in group E of Champions League
The Champions League draw was made today and of all the groups, Liverpool were drawn to play in Group E.
It could have been worse, it really could. Group E consists of Liverpool and Spartak Moscow, Maribor and Sevilla. Of the three other teams in the group, Sevilla are almost certainly the strongest side Liverpool will have to face. Wins against Maribor and Moscow are to be expected, with enough points gathered from that to qualify from 2nd place at least even if Sevilla do manage to beat Liverpool and possibly claim 1st place for themselves.
Standard Champions League competition at the group stage sees 8 groups (labelled A to H) of 4 teams, with only two of the four in each group being able to qualify to the “knockout” stages of the tournament.
Every team in the groups will play each other twice and the two teams with the most points from the 6 games they’ll play will make it to the “last 16”. You can actually lose in the group stage but still make it to the next round.
Once the 16 teams from the 8 groups are qualified and all ready to play again, it’ll be in a more strict fixture format which could see you knocked out of the tournament entirely if you lose so winning becomes ever more important at this stage to progress. Teams will reduce from 16 in the tournament to 8 at the Quarter Finals, then 4 at the Semi Finals and of course, 2 teams will be left to play in the Final eventually.
Well, Liverpool are definitely not in the toughest group and can expect to qualify even if Sevilla do enough to defeat us (and the other lesser sides they’ll have to face but should win against). Points gained from beating Spartak Moscow and Maribor would see us claim 2nd place in Group E and then proceed to the next stage of the Champions League.
In the whole tournament, Benfica, Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain, Juventus, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspurs all pose significant threats but were not drawn in Group E with Liverpool.
The toughest group for an English side will certainly be Group H which sees Tottenham forced to go up against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund twice, giving them little hope of qualification to the knockout round even if they happen to beat “Apoel” who are the last side thrown in with the other European giants.
Barcelona and Juventus are highly likely to take the top two spots in group D. Olympiacos and Sporting Lisbon will have a hard time trying to qualify from that group.
Anderlecht and Celtic may have done well in their own countries but to make it out of Group B they’ll have to face and defeat Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain, no easy tasks.
Roma and Qarabag will have to be on their best performances for every game to get past Atletico Madrid and Chelsea for a top two position in group C.
Manchester City are very likely to head to the top of the table in Group F with Napoli, Feyenoord and Shaktar Donetsk all probably having to fight it out for the 2nd place spot that will take them to the last 16.
Group G will surely see Monaco and Porto take the top two spots and Besiktas and Leipzeig will need some serious luck because they don’t offer much competition to make it out of their group.
SO, that’s how the draw went down. We know who’s there and even who’s most likely for qualifying into the knockout stage of the Champions League. I hope you look forward to the coming fixtures.
THIS ^ (see picture) is what everyone will be working hard to make happen by the time the Final comes around. Liverpool have been there and won it FIVE TIMES. Maybe we can make it 6. We’ll see.
Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.