Liverpool are back in the Europa League for the first time since 2015-16 after finishing outside of the top four in the Premier League last term.
The Reds will be playing against Austrian side LASK, Belgian side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise and Ligue 1 club Toulouse in Group E of the competition after the draws were made this afternoon.
Missing out on the Champions League is a huge blow for Liverpool, but they have to quickly move on and manager Jurgen Klopp will be keen to impress in the Europa League having come close to winning it seven years ago in his first season at Anfield.
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) September 1, 2023
The Merseysiders reached the final of the competition in 2016, losing 3-1 to Sevilla despite finding the back of the net first.
Liverpool finished sixth in 2014-15 under Brendan Rodgers and sealed a spot in the group stages of the Europa League for the following season as a result.
They were drawn into Group B alongside Sion, Rubin Kazan and Bordeaux, finishing as leaders after two wins and four draws.
Liverpool eliminated Augsburg, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal in the knockout stages to book a place in the final, and they will be hoping for a similar run this term.
The group stages start on September 21 and finish on December 14, and the Reds will fancy their chances of making it to the final on May 22, 2024.
Klopp would take the competition seriously as he has never won it before, and he has enough squad depth to mount a strong challenge.
Luckily for Liverpool, they will not be travelling farther distances for their group games, and it is safe to say they would be satisfied with the draws.
They have never played against LASK and Union SG and last faced Toulouse in the Champions League qualifying in 2007.
Union SG star Kevin Mac Allister is looking forward to facing Liverpool and has sent this message to his brother Alexis Mac Allister after the draws.
— Royale Union Saint-Gilloise (@UnionStGilloise) September 1, 2023
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