Liverpool: 5 Teams Reds Will Be Desperate to Avoid in Europa League Last 32

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Liverpool: 5 Teams Reds Will Be Desperate to Avoid in Europa League Last 32
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Liverpool ended their Europa League campaign on top of Group A after a 1-0 win against Udinese saw them finish jointly with Anzhi Makhachkala and BSC Young Boys on 10 points. Liverpool's superior head-to-head record enabled them to go through as group winners. As both Europa and Champions Leagues' group stages have now ended, the Reds know exactly which teams their opponents can be drawn from.

The Europa League might not have the prestige or the financial gains of the Champions League, but it is still very much a trophy that would be fantastic for Liverpool to win.

There is a lot of football left to play, with nine matches for a team to reach the final from here. Liverpool's main concern at this point will be to avoid a particularly difficult Round of 32 tie.

Country protection is still enforced at this point, so Liverpool will not play Spurs or Newcastle, both of whom finished as the runner-up in their respective groups. That leaves the Reds' possible opponents as any other Europa League group runner-up and any of the four worst third-placed teams from the Champions League groups.

Here are the five sides the Reds would most like to avoid.

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