Thursday 20 September 2018

Revealed - Who the Manchester giants, Tottenham and Liverpool can face in next season's Champions League

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp walks past the Champions League trophy after defeat in last season's final
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp walks past the Champions League trophy after defeat in last season's final
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid in Kiev will have big ramifications for Jurgen Klopp's side in next season's competition.

A fourth place finish in the Premier League was enough to secure Liverpool's entry to the group stages of next season's Champions League, with changes to the rules scrapping the play-off round that has been in place in recent years for English clubs.

Yet Liverpool's agonising defeat in Saturday's final means their hopes of a top seeding next season have been dashed, with Klopp's side set to be in pot three when the group stage draw is made.

If Liverpool had been crowned as European champions, they would have been among the top seeds, but they could not be drawn against Real Madrid once again in the group stages of next season's competition.

Tottenham are the big winners from Liverpool's failure to secure a top seeding, with Mauricio Pochettino's side now set to seal a place in among the ranks of the second seed, which will ensure they avoid possible clashes with Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Napoli.

Manchester United are also set to be in pot two, with Premier League champions Manchester City rewarded for their dominant performance in domestic competition this season by joining the ranks of the top seeded teams.

PROVISIONAL SEEDS *represents teams that have to come through qualifying rounds

Pot 1: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Lokomotiv Moscow, FC Porto

Pot 2: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Benfica*, Napoli, FC Basel*, Tottenham

Pot 3: Roma, Dynamo Kiev*, Schalke, Liverpool, Lyon, Monaco, FC Salzburg*, Ajax*

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