MONACO, Aug 28, (AFP): Champions Real Madrid will play five-time former winners Liverpool while fellow Spanish giants Barcelona plucked big-spending Paris Saint-Germain as the Champions League group stage draw was made in Monaco on Thursday. Real and Liverpool will be confident of progressing from Group B where debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria, who were only formed in 2001 and whose stadium holds just 8,000 fans, and Swiss outfit Basel, who knocked out Manchester United at this stage three years ago, await. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers told his club’s website: “Hopefully it was great for the supporters to sit and watch the draw for the first time in five years.
“To be back in it again, no matter who we were going to play, it was always going to be exciting. But to have Real Madrid in your group, the champions last season, is going to be special. “I’m already thinking of Anfield on that night.” Real are relishing the trip to Merseyside. “Liverpool are an historic club of this great competition,” Real director Emilio Butragueno said. “They are a great club and they have a stadium which is one of the cathedrals of football, therefore at Anfield they are especially strong. “The support of their fans is extraordinary and they will be a very dangerous opponent.”