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It means the Portuguese giants take the final place in pot 2 leaving Liverpool in the third tier due to their UEFA coefficient ranking and facing the prospect of drawing two European giants in the group stages of the Champions League.

The worst outcome, arguably, on paper for Liverpool would be to draw Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan in their group.

It's going to be exciting to see what the draw throws-up when it takes place at 5pm United Kingdom time later today.

Pot 1: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain. Borussia Dortmund were placed in the group of death alongside Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur past year, and they finished third in their group after only managing to get two points.

Liverpool are the highest-ranked side in Pot 3, hence why they stood to move up to Pot 2 should Benfica have gone out to PAOK on Wednesday evening. Viktoria Plzen, Club Brugge, Galatasaray, Inter Milan, Hoffenheim, Young Boys, AEK Athens and Red Star Belgrade make up pot four.

Services for McCain set for Phoenix, Washington, Annapolis
In a tragic coincidence, McCain died exactly nine years after Senator Edward Kennedy of MA , and from the same type of cancer. And you get the sense John McCain was kind of aware of that in his past year . " John McCain was a true American hero ".

There is one team in Pot 1 that every side will want to draw: Lokomotiv Moscow. The Dutch side have some talented players but haven't been at their best since the departure of Peter Bosz.

Premier League quartet Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool were already assured of a place in the competition and will discover their opponents this afternoon.

That is not the case, says Sky Sports, but Real Madrid "will have club representatives in the crowd at Wembley" when England play Spain in the Uefa Nations League on 8 September, with a view to tabling a big-money bid in January.

PSV, who beat Benfica in the 1988 final, knocked out BATE Borisov of Belarus 3-0 for a 6-2 aggregate canter.

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