'Group of death' - Worst possible draw for Liverpool in Champions League

Arturo Vidal with Juventus Squad

We take a look at the teams Liverpool will be hoping to avoid in the Champions League draw.

After a late surge for the Premier League title Liverpool were in the end unlucky to miss out to Manchester City in a hunt for a long awaited domestic triumph. However the fruits of their labour were not all rotten. Their campaign did see them qualify automatically for the Champions League. It is the first time they have done so since 2009-10, when they were dumped out at the group stage by Fiorentina and Lyon.

Unfortunately for Liverpool this prolonged absence and their recent poor form in the Europa League has seen them slip down the coefficient rankings, meaning they are now in pot 3 for today's Champions League draw from Switzerland.

So, with that in mind, we consider a Group of Death for Brendan Rodgers' men.

Pot 1

Real Madrid

Real Madrid are the reigning champions and have also strengthened their team this summer with the likes of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez arriving. Add to that Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo and this is an incredible assembly of talent on show.

They will expect to win the trophy again this season and will be a force for anyone who they may have to face in the competition.

Pot 2

Juventus

Now many would say PSG are the toughest team from this section of the draw, and they may be right, but to highlight the depth and quality of the competition across the board Italian champions Juventus could also be present.

They have a new manager but largely the same consistent team that would prove a handful for any of European football's elite.

Pot 4

AS Monaco

With Juventus in already AS Roma are out of bounds, but that does not mean Liverpool will have it easy. They could still face off against Ligue 1 side AS Monaco. The Russian owned side have struggled early on this season but anybody who has Radamel Falcao and Dimitar Berbatov in their team must be taken seriously.

Who do you hope Liverpool avoid?

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