Champions League round-up: Benfica, PSV and Red Star Belgrade reach group stages

Champions League round-up: Benfica, PSV and Red Star Belgrade reach group stages

Last season's runner-up Liverpool is in the third pot while 2010 champion Inter is in pot 4 as they are making up for lost seasons when they failed to qualify.

Liverpool will be seeded in pot three for Thursday's Champions League group stage draw.

Liverpool, Valencia, Viktoria Plzeň, Ajax, AEK Athens and Young Boys's pot will be announced once the remaining play-off places are determined.

Earlier, had reported how Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling revealed a new leg tattoo of himself and son Thiago sharing a kiss just a day after getting his season off to a flyer.

The remaining clubs are ranked by the UEFA coefficient rankings, which is based on their performance in European competition over the past five seasons.

Mane has scored three goals in as many games this season.

By virtue of being in the same domestic league, Liverpool can not draw Premier League rivals Manchester United or Spurs, arguably the best two teams in Pot 2, but there are still several hard sides - Portuguese duo Porto and Benfica are perhaps the easiest. Drawing a Spanish side, with Barcelona and Atletico also options, would leave the door open to landing some of the fearsome Bundesliga and Serie A sides lurking in other pots.

Red Star Belgrade, who lifted the European Cup in 1991, took their place in pot four by coming from 2-0 behind to draw 2-2 against Salzburg and making through on away goals.

However, Benfica's victory means they will now have to take on one of the pot two sides in the group stage as well, with tricky opponents such as Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma all possibilities. One team from each pot will be placed in each group.

It takes place on December 16.