Liverpool now know who stands in the way of them getting their Champions League campaign for 2008-2009 underway. The draw for the third qualifying round was made by UEFA this morning, and the Reds will face Standard Liege of Belgium.
As it stands Liverpool will be at home for the second leg, on August 26th or 27th, with the first leg in Belgium on August 12th or 13th. Actual dates will be confirmed later.
Standard Liege are current Belgian champions, and haven’t played in the group stages of the Champions League before.
Like Liverpool, they’re known as “The Reds”, or “Les Rouches”, as they wear Red shirts at home. Liverpool’s new green European away kit is therefore going to be guaranteed at least one outing this season.
They also have a group of fans who sit in a certain section of the ground and go by the name of “Kop Rouches”. This group was formed in the late sixties, just a few years after the only encounters between the two clubs. Liverpool beat the Belgian side home and away in 1965 in the European Cup Winners’ Cup 2nd round. Lawler scored twice at Anfield, with Peter Thompson getting the third in a 3-1 win. Over to Belgium for the second leg, Hunt and St John, perhaps the Torres and Keane of the time, got Liverpool’s goals in a 2-1 victory.
That game was played at the Stade de Sclessin, also known as Stade Maurice Dufrasne, which is where this season’s away fixture will also be played. It was used during Euro 2000, hosting games between Germany and Romania, Norway and Yugoslavia, and Denmark and the Czech Republic.
The remainder of the draw is:
Anorthosis/Rapid Vienna v Olympiakos
Vitoria Guimaraes v IFK Gothenburg/Basel
Shakhtar Donetsk v Domzale/Dinamo Zagreb
Schalke 04 v Atletico Madrid
Aalborg/Modrica v Rangers/Kaunas
Barcelona v Beitar Jerusalem/Wisla Krakow
Levski Sofia v Anderlecht/BATE
Standard Liege v Liverpool
Inter Baku/Partizan v Fenerbahce/MTK Budapest
FC Twente v Arsenal
Spartak Moscow v Drogheda/Dinamo Kiev
Juventus v Tampere/Artmedia
SK Brann/Ventspils v Marseille
Fiorentina v Slavia Prague
Galatasaray v Steaua Bucharest
Panathinaikos/Dinamo Tbilisi v Sheriff Tiraspol/Sparta Prague