Champions League: Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool handed nightmare Group B draw with Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Porto
LIVERPOOL have been handed an incredibly tough Champions League draw after being placed in Group B alongside Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan.
Jurgen Klopp's side will go in search of the club's seventh European title this season as they look to reclaim the trophy they lifted in 2019.
But they will have to do it the hard way following an extremely difficult group draw.
Liverpool were put in pot 2 and as a result were always going to be placed in with a big European name.
But they would not have wanted to see Diego Simeone's Atletico side, who knocked them out in the 2019-20 competition.
And things got even more challenging for those on Merseyside when last year's quarter-finalists Porto were added to their group.
Runners-up in the Portuguese league last season, Porto met Liverpool back in the last eight of the 2018-19 tournament as the Reds came out 6-1 victors over two legs.
They then went on to lift the trophy following wins over Barcelona and Tottenham.
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But if Liverpool thought that was the end of the tough teams being drawn in their group then unfortunately they were very wrong.
Seven-time European champions AC Milan – the bogey side in pot 4 – were the final side placed in Group B to complete a mouthwatering quartet of teams.
Milan have European history with Liverpool having played them in the final on two occasions between 2005 and 2007.
Liverpool came from 3-0 down to beat Milan on penalties in 2005 in what was one of the all-time great European finals.
But the Italian giants got their revenge two years later as they edged out Rafa Benitez's men 2-1 to be crowned Champions League winners once more.
Elsewhere in this year's group stage draw, Manchester City were drawn alongside Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge.
When will the Champions League group stage matches be played?
The Champions League group stage draw took place on Thursday afternoon and here is when the matches will take place…
Matchday one: 14/15 September
Matchday two: 28/29 September
Matchday three: 19/20 October
Matchday four: 2/3 November
Matchday five: 23/24 November
Matchday six: 7/8 December
Manchester United will rematch Villarreal just months after losing to them on penalties in the Europa League final.
The Red Devils will also be joined by Atalanta and Young Boys.
And Chelsea are set to face Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg and Malmo as they begin the defence of their European crown.
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