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Liverpool will face holders Real Madrid in their first Champions League campaign for five years.

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Champions League: Liverpool will face holders Real Madrid

Champions League: Liverpool will face holders Real Madrid

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Two of the tournament's most decorated clubs, with 15 titles between them, were pulled out together in Group B at the draw in Monaco.

Swiss champions Basel and Bulgaria's Ludogorets Razgrad, who qualified for the group stage for the first time thanks to two shoot-out saves from emergency goalkeeper Cosmin Moti, are the other teams in the group.

England's other three representatives, meanwhile, will all meet the same German opposition as last year.

Manchester City and Bayern Munich make up Group E with CSKA Moscow and Roma, while Chelsea join Schalke, Sporting Lisbon and Maribor of Slovenia in Group G.

Arsenal are again drawn with Borussia Dortmund, with Galatasaray and Belgium's Anderlecht completing Group D.

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre admitted that he was particularly looking forward to the two games against Real Madrid.

He told Sky Sports News HQ: “I am pleased. They are all tough groups but it is particularly special to have Real Madrid in the group. 

“We respect everyone but obviously have some great memories of games against Real Madrid, so I think it makes for a great competition for us.”

Responding to Man City’s draw, their director of football Txiki Begiristain said:  “It’s a very, very, tough group. They are very strong teams.

When asked if he felt City had the hardest group, he replied: “I think so. It’s spectacular all the clubs try to play good football. It will be an amazing group.”

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiakos, Malmo

Group B: Real Madrid, Basel, LIVERPOOL, Ludogorets

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, PSG, Ajax, APOEL

Group G: CHELSEA, Schalke, Sporting Lisbon, Maribor

Group H: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao, BATE Borisov

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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