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Champions League Group Stage: Liverpool Draw Real Madrid

28/08/2014 17:42 BST | Updated 28/08/2014 17:59 BST

Liverpool will face Champions League holders Real Madrid, while Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City face familiar foes in the group stage.

Brendan Rodgers' side were drawn with Basel and Bulgarian newcomers Ludogorets in a generous group after a five-year Champions League hiatus. The Reds beat Real 5-0 on aggregate in the 2009 Champions League round-of-16 - the last time Liverpool reached the knockout stage of the tournament.

Liverpool will not appreciate reminders that Basel eliminated them from the first group stage in 2002, though, a match that signalled the beginning of the end of Gérard Houllier's Anfield era.

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Yossi Benayoun scored Liverpool's winner at Real in 2009

Arsenal return to Borussia Dortmund, who they were beaten by, and beat, last season. The Gunners will also travel to the cauldron that is the Türk Telekom Arena, home to Galatasaray, as well as Anderlecht in a tricky Group D.

Chelsea were much more fortunate. They will enjoy Schalke's company again, there will be a Lisbon homecoming for José Mourinho at Sporting and Celtic's conquerors, Maribor, also lie in wait.

City drew Bayern Munich for the third season out of four and also face tough trips to Roma and CSKA Moscow.

GROUP A

Atlético Madrid

Juventus

Olympiakos

Malmö

GROUP B

Real Madrid

Basel

Liverpool

Ludogorets

GROUP C

Benfica

Zenit

Bayer Leverkusen

Monaco

GROUP D

Arsenal

Borussia Dortmund

Galatasaray

Anderlecht

GROUP E

Bayern Munich

Manchester City

CSKA

Roma

GROUP F

Barcelona

PSG

Ajax

APOEL

GROUP G

Chelsea

Schalke

Sporting Lisbon

Maribor

GROUP H

Porto

Shakhtar Donetsk

Athletic Bilbao

BATE Borisov