Liverpool will have a glamorous return to the Champions League after being drawn against holders Real Madrid in the group stage.
Five-times European champions Liverpool will face 10-times winners face Real as well as Basle and Ludogorets – the Bulgarian side who had a fairy-tale win in the play-offs – in Group B while there was a familiar look to the draw for the three other English sides. Manchester City have perhaps the toughest group – they will face Bayern Munich for the third time in four years – plus CSKA Moscow and Roma in Group E, while Arsenal will play Borussia Dortmund for the second year running as well as Galatasaray and Anderlecht in Group D In Group G, Chelsea will play German side Schalke for the second consecutive season plus Sporting Lisbon and Maribor. Real Madrid may be a daunting prospect for Brendan Rodgers’ side, but Liverpool beat the Spanish giants 5-0 on aggregate in 2009 including a 4-0 hammering at Anfield. The draw in full: Group A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiakos, Malmo Group B: Real Madrid, Basel, Liverpool, Ludogorets Razgrad Group C: Benfica, Zenit St Petersburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco Group D: Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray, Anderlecht Group E: Bayern Munich, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow, Roma Group F: Barcelona, Paris St-Germain, Ajax, APOEL Nicosia, Group G: Chelsea, Schalke, Sporting Lisbon, Maribor Group H: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao, BATE Borisov