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The four pots were finalised after the final round of qualifying fixtures were concluded last night and unfortunately for Liverpool they've been placed in pot 3 after Benfica thrashed PAOK on Wednesday night.

Pot One: Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Lokomotiv Moscow.

Premier League sides Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool are set to discover their Champions League group stage opponents.

Liverpool came agonisingly close to winning the Champions League last season.

However, amendment of new UEFA regulations saw 26 teams attain direct qualification to the group stage this time around; this includes the top four sides of the top four leagues in Europe.

No club can be drawn against a team from their own country at this stage, so there will be no local derby between Manchester City and Manchester United, for example. Shakhtar can not be paired in the same group as Lokomotiv as UEFA has ruled teams from Russian Federation and Ukraine must be kept apart. Had Benfica failed to qualify, Liverpool would have moved up to Pot 2.

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Last year's finalists will therefore be hoping for some good luck in today's draw and if things go their way they could end up with a favourable group containing Lokomotiov Moscow, Porto and Young Boys.

Eduardo Salvio scored twice, including a penalty, as Benfica beat PAOK 5-2 on aggregate to make it through to Thursday's Champions League draw.

Sky Sports states that 'tThe European champions are closely monitoring the 23-year-old's form and will have club representatives in the crowd at Wembley when England face Spain in the UEFA Nations League on September 8'.

But who else is in the competition, and what pots are they in?

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