UEFA Champions League draw date set as Liverpool gear up for group stage opponents
Liverpool’s preparations for the 2021/22 season continue this week with a training camp in Evian ahead of the start of their Premier League campaign against Norwich on August 14.
However, one of the key dates on the agenda this month is the UEFA Champions League group stage draw on August 26, where they will discover their opponents ahead of the first round of matches in September.
Jurgen Klopp’s side qualified for the Champions League impressively at the end of last season with a 10-game unbeaten streak that saw them finish third in the league, behind Manchester City and Manchester United.
The Reds have to put two disappointing European courses behind them this season, having been knocked out in the round of 16 by Atletico Madrid in 2019/20 and Real Madrid in the quarter-finals last season.
Klopp will want to replicate his 2019 exploits in Madrid, where he defeated Tottenham 2-0 in one of two all-English finals in the past five years.
Chelsea won their second UEFA Champions League trophy this year after beating league rivals Manchester City 1-0 in the final in Porto.
Next year’s final will take place at St Petersburg Stadium, home of Russian team FC Zenit.
Liverpool are among a number of European heavyweights in pot two, with Chelsea and City in pot 1, but the one club per nation rule in the group stages means they cannot be drawn against neither do they.
Learn more about the Reds’ potential opponents here.