Barcelona's potential rivals in the Champions League draw

Virgil van Dijk honoured on good night for Liverpool			
				 
   by Gavin Brown 
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The top two teams will advance to the round of 16.

It remains to be seen if PSG's Brazil forward Neymar, linked with Real and Barca, will be at the club when the Parisians take on Madrid.

Group D, with Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow, also looks tasty - as does Group A where Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid will do battle.

The Genk star has already picked out Red Bull Salzburg as the club that his side should look to go toe-to-toe with in the group stage; finishing third in the group would mean a spot in the Europa League.

"The Champions League is a special competition and we're the reigning champions", he told Liverpool's website.

"We knew that we were going to come up against some big teams, it's the Champions League, and to go far, you have to play great sides".

Apart from a trip to England, Die Roten will also travel to Greece to face Olympiacos.

Number one No.1 Alisson
Number one No.1 Alisson

One team from each pot will be drawn into one of the eight groups, which can feature no more than one team from each country.

He said: "I will have no problem with it [reaching the final] if it happens again, but at this moment I am not too sure it will".

"We're fully aware that when we return from this worldwide break there will be a more intense fixture schedule with midweek games, but that's good - we like it. We have a balanced group and good chances to qualify from it. City, of course, are a cut above the rest of the teams".

Group C: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, GNK Dinamo, Atalanta.

Chelsea return to Europe's premier competition by being pitted against Ajax and Tottenham face tough clashes against Bayern Munich in Group B.

Group G seems the least appealing for global television audiences: Zenit St. Petersburg, Benfica, Lyon and Leipzig.

The 2020 Champions League final will take place at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on 30 May.

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