Reds avoid English for next CL game

Liverpool now know who the possibilities are for their last-16 opponents in the Champions League.

Manchester United were beaten tonight by Benfica, leaving them bottom of Group D and not even with the consolation of a UEFA Cup place. Benfica finished second in the group meaning they are one of the possible opponents for Liverpool.

Arsenal finished top of their group and so Liverpool, who are in the competition without country protection, don’t have to face any other English side – for now at least. Ajax are the team from Arsenal’s group that Liverpool have a possibility of facing.

There’s still a potential "Battle of Britain" on the cards – Arsenal or Liverpool could yet be drawn against Glasgow Rangers.

The seven second-placed teams that Liverpool could face are: Bayern Munich, Ajax, Werder Bremen, Benfica, PSV, Real Madrid and Rangers.

The draw takes place at lunchtime on Friday 16th December in Nyon. Liverpool will be in Japan for the FIFA Club World Championships at the time the draw is made. The actual games will be played on 21/22nd February for the first legs, with the return legs – in Liverpool’s case at home – taking place on 7/8th March.