Liverpool's Europa League draw assessing best and worst scenarios

Liverpool awaits the draw for the Europa League last 16, contemplating potential matchups that could shape their European campaign.

As Jurgen Klopp’s side navigated through the group stage triumphantly, attention now turns to the varying prospects that lie ahead.

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Best-case Scenario: Qarabag FK

Among the unseeded teams, Qarabag FK emerges as an enticing prospect for Liverpool. Despite their remarkable journey in overcoming Braga, the Azeri side represents a refreshing addition to the last 16. Qarabag’s limited European experience and Liverpool’s pedigree position the Reds favorably in this matchup. While the lengthy trip to Baku poses logistical challenges, Liverpool’s dominance against English and European counterparts suggests a straightforward progression.

AC Milan’s Luka Jovic, right, celebrates after scoring against Rennes during the Europa League soccer match between Rennes and AC Milan at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, western France, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Mathieu Pattier)

Worst-case Scenario: AC Milan

Facing AC Milan would present Liverpool with a formidable challenge. Despite Milan’s exit from the Champions League group stage, their rich history and recent resurgence under Stefano Pioli make them formidable opponents. Liverpool’s storied encounters with Milan, notably the iconic 2005 Champions League final, underscore the magnitude of this matchup. Milan’s strong showing in Serie A adds to the stakes, necessitating Liverpool’s utmost focus and preparation.

EUROPA LEAGUE LAST 16 POTS

Seeded:
Liverpool (ENG)
Brighton & Hove Albion (ENG)
West Ham United (ENG)
Rangers (SCO)
Atalanta BC (ITA)
Villarreal (ESP)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Slavia Prague (CZE)


Unseeded:
AC Milan (ITA)
Benfica (POR)
Sporting Lisbon (POR)
Roma (ITA)
Marseille (FRA)
Freiburg (GER)
Sparta Prague (CZE)
Qarabag (AZE)

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