Report details the ten Euro giants Liverpool could face on return to the CL, one is serial winner
By Matt Farr
A report has detailed the ten European giants that Liverpool could be set to face in the early stages of the Champions League next season.
The Daily Mail have revealed that Liverpool could be set to face the likes of Besiktas, CSKA Moscow and Sporting Lisbon in the qualifying stages of the competition.
Sporting Lisbon, for example, could be pose a significant threat, as the Portuguese giants are a serial winner with as many as 18 domestic league titles in their history. They also featured in the tournament this term.
Hoffenheim, Nice, Viktoria Plzen, Club Brugge, Steaua Bucharest, BSC Young Boys and Istanbul Basaksehir are the other seven sides understood to be in contention to face Liverpool.
Liverpool secured their return to the Champions League with a fourth-placed Premier League finish, although they must first better one of their European rivals in the qualifying round.
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The Merseyside club last featured in the competition during the 2014-15 season, where they finished third in the group-stage and failed to progress to the latter stages.
They picked up just one win from their six matches, having been drawn alongside Real Madrid, FC Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad.
But Jurgen Klopp’s side could be in for another tough challenge to reach the group-stage next season, with several high profile sides understood to be waiting in the wings.
Liverpool will be seeded for the qualifying round of the competition alongside Sevilla, Dynamo Kiev, Ajax and one of Italian duo Napoli or AS Roma.
The Reds have been guaranteed to enter the draw as a seeded side following Borussia Dortmund’s win over Werder Bremen on Saturday, a victory that also saw Russian outfit Zenit St. Petersburg miss out on a place.