With a top four finish confirmed, supporters will be curious about who Liverpool could face in their Champions League qualifier and Michael Mongie has you covered.
Georginio Wijnaldum fired Liverpool into the top four on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the season when Roberto Firmino flicked the ball into his path. The Dutchman’s brilliant first touch meant that all he had to do was blast the ball past Brad Guzan and soak up the adoration of the celebrating Liverpool supporters.
Liverpool finished the 2016/17 Premier League season with 76 points, a great haul and one which Jürgen Klopp is more than happy with. Yet, if Liverpool fail to make it past the qualifiers in the summer, it will all be for nought.
Failing to secure automatic Champions League qualification as third-place Manchester City, runners-up Tottenham and Champions Chelsea did means that summer preparations will take on an added importance.
There was a chance that Liverpool could be unseeded and face the likes of Napoli and Borussia Dortmund but as results around the continent favoured the Reds, Liverpool will be drawn as a seeded team in the draw for the Champions League play-off round.
Dortmund beat Hoffenheim 4-3 in a very exciting game in the Bundesliga, CSKA Moscow held on to finish second above Zenit St. Petersburg which means Liverpool are in the top five sides in the play-off round in terms of UEFA coefficient points.
According to Sky Sports, “Liverpool will enter the play-off round in the ‘non-champions’ section, with 10 teams in the play-off round split into five seeded teams and five unseeded teams.“
The list of clubs Liverpool could play in the play-off round will not be finalised until the third qualifying round is concluded but Sporting Lisbon, Nice and Hoffenheim have been confirmed as teams that the Reds could face.
The play-off will take place over two legs on August 15-16 and August 22-23 and the draw will be made on August 4.
The unconfirmed sides that Liverpool could face are Viktoria Plzen, CSKA Moscow, Club Brugge, Steaua Bucharest, Young Boys, Istanbul Basaksehir or Besiktas as well as the second-place side in Greek league (currently PAOK).
Ajax are also in the third qualifying round but will be entered straight into the group stage should they beat Manchester United in the Europa League final (fingers crossed).
Given the teams Liverpool could face and the fact that summer reinforcements will have been added already, Klopp will fancy his chances against any side drawn on August 4.
Even though there are still two huge games to come for Liverpool, it’s difficult not to be excited about the prospect of Champions League nights returning to Anfield Road.