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Liverpool: Tough CL Draw Lies Ahead

Liverpool: Tough CL Draw Lies Ahead

Even if the Reds win the Premier League they will face a difficult draw in next season's Champions League...

If, as expected, Liverpool secure a long overdue return to the Champions League next season it is likely to prove a baptism of fire due to UEFA's seeding system.

The Merseysiders currently top the English Premier League and have a sizable eleven point buffer to fifth-placed Everton with the top four set to qualify.

Unfortunately, even if Brendan Rodgers' men earn enough points in the final six games to end a 24-year title drought, it will have no bearing on their European aspirations.

UEFA uses a coefficient seeding system based on results in Europe over a five-year period and the Reds have not qualified for the top competition since the 2009-10 season when they were knocked out at the group stage.

In two of the subsequent four years there has been no European football on offer at Anfield whatsoever, including the current campaign.

Last 32 (2012-13) and last 16 (2010-11) Europa League performances help soften the blow but they do little to improve the situation and Liverpool are consequently down in 32nd place and will be in pot three for the draw.

They will automatically avoid being paired with other English sides in the four-team groups but the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain or Barcelona and Juventus will lie in wait.

Click here to see UEFA's club coefficients table

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Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Thursday April 3 2014
Time: 12:00PM

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