Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson thinks there will be no lasting repercussions to Sadio Mane's furious outburst against Burnley on Saturday.

Mane seemed to be livid with team-mate Mohamed Salah after being substituted at Turf Moor, where the Reds claimed a 3-0 victory.

The Senegal forward was apparently angry at Salah for taking a shot moments earlier rather than setting up his team-mate for a simple finish.

Manager Jurgen Klopp said Mane was "completely fine" after the match and Henderson also saw little to be concerned about.

"I've seen it now and again. Sadio is fine, he's a great lad. That's just us pushing each other all the time. I think that's important," he said.

"We all want to do better, we all want to improve, but we're really close and I think we can deal with that.

"I'm not sure [what set him off] to be honest. I couldn't really understand at first, but then when he came in, he was laughing and joking.

“The most important thing was we got the result, Sadio knows that. He performed really well again. Him and Bobby [Roberto Firmino] were really big second ball. He had a fantastic game.

"Like I said, we want to push each other. We want to improve all the time, I quite like that now and again. I think we need it."

A freakish Chris Wood own goal put Liverpool ahead before Mane and Firmino sealed a third win from three this season and a club-record 13th in a row in the Premier League.

Henderson, though, is not looking too far ahead despite their position at the top of the table.

"We want to win every week, we want to perform every week and that's difficult because there are so many good sides in the Premier League and in Europe. It's really hard," he said.

"After the international break, the games come thick and fast. In the last couple of weeks, we've had a week building up to the games, which has helped us on the grass. We will need the full squad to be ready when we come back.

"For me it's just about concentrating on what we need to do. We have been very mature in our performances, especially away from home. We want to continue that form, keep doing the right things, keep working hard as a team. If we do that, we can put on performances like that."

Will he, or won't he?

Neymar has dominated headlines throughout the transfer window, with the Paris Saint-Germain star eyeing a Barcelona return.

However, it seems he will not get what he wanted before Monday's deadline…

 

TOP STORY – NEYMAR GIVES UP ON BARCA MOVE

Neymar will remain at Paris Saint-Germain after failing to secure a move to Barcelona, according to reports.

The PSG superstar wanted to return to LaLiga champions Barca, just two years after his world-record move to Paris.

Barca had tried to negotiate a deal with PSG, however, L'Equipe says Neymar has already notified the club and family that he will stay at the Ligue 1 holders.

 

ROUND-UP

- Juventus are gearing up for a late move for Tottenham star Christian Eriksen, according to The Express. Juve have reportedly joined PSG in trying to sign Eriksen prior to Monday's deadline.

- The Mirror says Real Madrid have also turned their attention to Eriksen after they were unable to prise Neymar from PSG. Madrid have also been linked to Sporting CP captain Bruno Fernandes.

- Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak and Dinamo Zagreb's Dominik Livakovic are potential targets for Manchester United, who are worried David de Gea will leave for free at the end of the season. That is according to The Sun.

- According to the Daily Mirror, Borussia Dortmund are monitoring the situation regarding Liverpool teenager Bobby Duncan. The 18-year-old reportedly had a move to Fiorentina blocked by Liverpool, prompting his agent to accuse the Reds of "bullying", accusations the club called "inaccurate" and "inflammatory".

- Fiorentina are desperate to lure Matteo Politano from Inter, reports Calciomercato. La Viola have offered €30million but Inter want €35m as they reportedly line up Eintracht Frankfurt star Ante Rebic as a possible replacement.

Keylor Navas is poised to swap Madrid for PSG and he might not be only the goalkeeper to move to Paris. Cadena Ser claims Sevilla's Sergio Rico will swap LaLiga for Ligue 1 on loan with the option to buy.

Liverpool set a new club record on Saturday, beating Burnley 3-0 to record a 13th consecutive top-flight victory.

Jurgen Klopp's men finished the 2018-19 campaign with nine straight Premier League wins and have taken maximum points from their first four games of this season.

As a result, they have surpassed the 12-game winning run previously achieved under Kenny Dalglish in 1990.

How does Liverpool's ongoing winning streak compare to the record runs of the rest of the Premier League's 'big six'? With the help of Opta, we take a look...

 

Manchester City: 18 wins in a row

Liverpool would need to win each of their next five Premier League matches - against Newcastle United, Chelsea, Sheffield United, Leicester City and bitter rivals Manchester United - to equal the 18-game streak City put together from August to December two years ago.

Pep Guardiola's side needed a 97th-minute strike from Raheem Sterling to beat Bournemouth in the first game of that run, which featured 5-0 wins over Liverpool and Crystal Palace, a 6-0 triumph at Watford and a 7-2 mauling of Stoke City.

It was Palace who eventually brought an end to City's stunning string of wins, earning a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park that could have been even better, with Ederson saving an injury-time penalty from Luka Milivojevic.

City subsequently won 14 matches in a row to pip Liverpool to last season's title and also claimed victory in their first game of 2019-20 before drawing 2-2 with Tottenham in a match they dominated.


Arsenal: 14 wins in a row

Arsenal's 'Invincibles' famously completed an unbeaten Premier League season in 2003-04, but the Gunners' longest winning streak in the competition did not come in that campaign.

Their best run of 14 straight wins was achieved in 2002, when a team spearheaded by Thierry Henry secured a league and FA Cup double.

A 2-0 win over Birmingham City in August saw Arsene Wenger's magnificent side set a new benchmark for consecutive top-flight wins, at least until City's recent dominance.


Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham: 13 wins in a row

In winning 13 successive games, Liverpool have drawn level with the best runs of Chelsea and Tottenham.

The Reds' current streak began against Burnley in March and stretched to 13 matches with Saturday's 3-0 win over the same opponents.

Chelsea recorded 13 wins in a row from October to December in 2016 and went on to be crowned champions the following May.

You have to go way back to 1960 for Tottenham's longest winning runs in the top-flight, which was achieved under Bill Nicholson in another season that ended with the league trophy being lifted.


Manchester United - 12 wins in a row

Somewhat surprisingly given their years of sustained success under Alex Ferguson, United sit bottom of this particular list.

They have never won more than 12 league games in a row, reaching that mark in August 2000 - three months after winning the Premier League yet again.

Indeed, the longest winning runs of United, City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all come, at least in part, during title-winning campaigns.

After coming so close to glory last term, Liverpool will hope they follow suit next May.

Liverpool's flawless start to the Premier League season continued against Burnley as they clinched a record-setting 3-0 victory at Turf Moor.

An own goal from Chris Wood and strikes from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino - his 50th for the Reds - delivered a 13th successive league win, a new club all-time high.

Jurgen Klopp's side have been victorious in all four of their opening league fixtures and are two points clear of defending champions Manchester City at the top of the table.

The Champions League holders took the lead when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross deflected in off Wood, and Mane added a second before the break with a clinical finish.

Firmino rounded off the scoring in the 80th minute.

Liverpool’s early play brimmed with energy as Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Mane combined with menace.

Salah twice threatened the Burnley goal. The Egypt international struck the right post with a curling effort and then brought goalkeeper Nick Pope off his line to narrow the angle.

Burnley’s defence initially stood firm as they matched the visitors’ intensity, only for a curious goal to give Liverpool the lead.

On a familiar foray forward, right-back Alexander-Arnold curled a high ball into the box that was intended for the run of Salah at the back post. However, a slight deflection off Wood’s back deceived Pope and the cross sailed over his head into the left corner of the net.

The Liverpool defender’s sheepish smile as he celebrated emphasised the fortuitous nature of the opener, ultimately deemed a Wood own goal.

Liverpool’s second shortly afterwards owed more to their ruthlessness after Ben Mee misplaced a pass which was seized upon by the press of Firmino.

The Brazil international burst forward and slid the ball into the path of Mane who calmly slipped it past Pope into the right corner of the net.

The impressive Firmino notched Liverpool's third, to rubberstamp victory, when he started and finished off a counter-attack with 10 minutes left.

What it means: another tit-for-tat tussle 

Manchester City's 4-0 win over Brighton earlier in the day lifted them above Liverpool and temporarily into top spot.

It shifted the focus back on to Klopp's side, who responded with an impressive performance of their own in Lancashire. As well as being their 13th win in a row, it was a match where Liverpool claimed their first clean sheet of the season.

The theme was a familiar one from last season when top spot was exchanged on regular basis before City were eventually crowned champions on the final day.

Another nip-and-tuck title race beckons and there will be little margin for error from either side, even in the early throes of the season.

No signs of Mane slowing down

The ardours of the previous campaign might have taken their toll on Mane after a limited time to rest and recover during the off-season.

Mane played a key role as Liverpool pushed City all the way in the Premier League and won the Champions League, before he helped Senegal to the final of the African Cup of Nations.

At Turf Moor, though, the forward did not give the impression he was running on empty. In fact, he was as busy and energetic as ever.

The only sour point for the 27-year-old was a brief spat with Salah after he was substituted following a moment of selfishness from the Egyptian.

Mee learns tough lesson

The Premier League can be ruthless. Ben Mee barely put a foot wrong defensively against Liverpool, only to make one costly error.

A stray pass in midfield was seized upon by Firmino and before the Burnley centre-back could recover, Mane had stuck the ball in the back of the net.

Mee has received plenty of plaudits, and attention from other clubs, but he needs to show his best form more often against the elite teams.

What's next?

Burnley have a Premier League away day when they head to Brighton on September 14.

Liverpool are in league action on the same day when they welcome Newcastle to Anfield. Three days later, Klopp's side begin the defence of the Champions League with a group match away to Italian outfit Napoli.

Manchester United and Chelsea fell further off the pace in the Premier League as they lost leads in disappointing draws on Saturday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men were unable to retain their advantage as they drew 1-1 at Southampton, while Chelsea slipped from 2-0 up in a dramatic encounter with promoted Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City thumped Brighton and Hove Albion 4-0, while Liverpool will meet Burnley in the last game of the day.

Crystal Palace, Leicester City and West Ham were also winners, while Newcastle United and Watford drew 1-1.

 

BLADES COMEBACK STUNS CHELSEA

Frank Lampard is still waiting for his first home win as Chelsea boss after the Blues somehow failed to hold on against Sheffield United.

Kurt Zouma's own goal one minute from time saw the Blades claim a famous point. Callum Robinson had earlier reduced the deficit for the visitors, while he and substitute Lys Mousset were involved as the ball diverted in off Zouma's shin with the clock ticking down.

Tammy Abraham had scored twice before half-time to seemingly put Chelsea on course for victory, but instead they remain behind their opponents in the table on just five points from four games.


MAN UNITED DENIED AFTER SUPERB JAMES OPENER

Daniel James produced an excellent finish to score his third Manchester United goal and give his side a 10th-minute advantage at Southampton.

But the 10-man hosts ensured Solskjaer has now gone three straight league games without a win as Jannik Vestergaard sent in a towering header just before the hour mark.

United could not find a winner even after Kevin Danso's dismissal in the 73rd minute, the left-back picking up a second yellow card for a foul on Scott McTominay.


LAPORTE A WORRY AS AGUERO INSPIRES MAN CITY

City's win over Brighton was straightforward from the moment Kevin De Bruyne gave them the lead after 68 seconds.

The Belgium international then set up the first of two goals for Sergio Aguero either side of half-time, the other created by David Silva, who had also laid on the opener.

Aguero, who now has six goals in four games, then turned provider with 11 minutes remaining as he set up Bernardo Silva.

However, City's win came at a cost, with defender Aymeric Laporte leaving the field on a stretcher due to a suspected knee injury after colliding with Adam Webster.

City later confirmed Laporte had been hospitalised, with a diagnosis on the severity of his problem to follow.

 

VARDY BOOSTS IMPRESSIVE LEICESTER 

Elsewhere, Jamie Vardy's double inspired Leicester to a 3-1 win over Bournemouth at the King Power Stadium.

He scored in each half as well as assisting Youri Tielemans' goal for the unbeaten Foxes, with the former England striker's first effort a wonderful lob. Callum Wilson netted for Bournemouth, who have won only one of their first four games.

Crystal Palace followed up their win over Manchester United last week with a 1-0 home victory over Aston Villa, which arrived courtesy of Jordan Ayew's strike 17 minutes from time. Trezeguet was sent off for the visitors early in the second half.

It is three wins in a row across all competitions for West Ham after in-form Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko gave them a 2-0 home triumph over Norwich City.

Will Hughes scored after 78 seconds for Watford, who had to settle for a first point of the season rather than a maiden victory after Fabian Schar cancelled out his effort for Newcastle.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given his full backing to Adrian after revealing first-choice goalkeeper Alisson is not yet close to a return.

Alisson has been sidelined with a calf injury sustained in the 4-1 win over Norwich City on the opening day of the Premier League season.

No timeframe has been given for the Brazil international's comeback, but he was moving freely on Thursday when collecting his award for Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season.

Asked for an update on Alisson at Friday's news conference, Klopp said: "He has made steps, of course, but it was a proper injury, so it will still take time.

"This is how it always is with professional sportsmen - when you have a muscle thing and it takes long, then it takes a while as well until you can bring the muscle to at least the same level as it was before.

"A calf muscle is pretty important for jumping - and for a goalie, it is quite important that you can jump from time to time, so it will take time."

Adrian has filled the void over the past few weeks and will remain in goal for the trip to Burnley, with Liverpool aiming to make it four wins from four in the Premier League.

"Thank God - and hopefully it stays like this - we have a fit Adrian in the back and now in charge, which is good," Klopp said.

"So far, I am really happy with everything I saw. He is a good guy, which is important as well, but most importantly of course he can catch balls and that’s good as well.

"The solution we found for it is really good, but of course it would be better if 'Ali' was around but that will still take some time."

Liverpool recovered from a goal down to beat Burnley 3-1 on their most recent trip to Turf Moor and needed a 90th-minute winner from defender Ragnar Klavan in the 2017-18 season.

"Turf Moor is great. It's a really tough place to go," Klopp said. "We have had all weather there! My first game there was one of the hottest days I experienced, then we had wind, rain, everything. It was always difficult.

"Once we played there on January 1, when Ragnar scored in the last minute. That's how a year should start!

"Life is not easy when you go there. The way they play is pretty clear, they don’t change it a lot but they do it that well that everybody who goes there struggles. 

"I can't remember any team going there and winning well. [Manchester] City won there last year with a pretty tight decision. That's what we are prepared for."

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool "really care about" Bobby Duncan and has spoken to the teenage forward following his agent's comments about the way the club have treated the player.

Saif Rubie, Duncan's representative, claimed on Wednesday that Liverpool had blocked a transfer away and singled out sporting director Michael Edwards for showing "zero consideration" for the youngster's wellbeing.

Liverpool described the allegations as "inaccurate" and "inflammatory", with Klopp urging the 18-year-old to remain patient.

"We already have an official statement from the club. But what I can say is Bobby is one of the young players that we really care about," he told reporters at Friday's news conference.

"That's all I can say. I know that we are like this as a club. In football, sometimes contract things can be a problem. That's a normal situation in all age groups.

"But with young players we are especially sensitive. We have to do the right things, all the different parties."

Asked if he had spoken with Duncan, a cousin of club legend Steven Gerrard, Klopp replied: "Of course.

"A general thing, nothing to do with Bobby Duncan, is the players have [a lot of] benefits. The big problem they could have is they lose patience. 

"If you're not [Lionel] Messi, you have to take it step by step. It's really about patience. That's how it is. A young player has all the benefits.

"Being ready for things, making the right steps doing what the coaches tell you to do."

Liverpool have won their opening three Premier League matches and this weekend take on Burnley at Turf Moor, where Xherdan Shaqiri is once again expected to be part of the matchday squad.

He has been an unused sub in each of the Reds' league games so far this term, but Klopp insisted there is no problem between him and the Switzerland international.

"Shaq is training well," he said. "That's the first four weeks of the season, that's the situation, that's how it is.

"That's probably the hardest period for players who are not yet playing. We will need him. He knows that 100 per cent.

"Is he the happiest player in the squad at the moment? I don't think so. Can I see that on the training pitch? No.

"He is in a good mood and training hard, doing what he has to do and is ready for the moment when he has to help the team on the pitch."

Jurgen Klopp hailed Virgil van Dijk's UEFA Men's Player of the Year award as a prize for all of Liverpool's players.

Van Dijk enjoyed a supreme 2018-19 campaign, helping Liverpool to Champions League glory and captaining Netherlands to the Nations League final.

The former Southampton defender has maintained his form heading into this season and edged out superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the honour in Monaco on Thursday.

Klopp was quick to laud Van Dijk's individual displays but pointed out his triumph was one that would not be possible without all of Liverpool's squad.

"Brilliant! It's really big. I wanted to call him immediately, but he had to go on stage. I'm so happy for him," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

"I'm happy for us as well because he knows that without the boys around him, he cannot win that prize.

"It's a prize for all of us – but we send our big man there to get it. It's really rare for a defender. Yes, we all love goals – we want to score them and see them – but more and more and more people get excited about defending.

"Virg is an exceptional defender, in the moment 100 per cent the best defender in the world, so he deserves that prize absolutely.

"It's now the icing on the cake of the Champions League campaign last year."

The awards ceremony took place after the Champions League draw, in which Liverpool were pitted against Napoli, Salzburg and Genk in the group stage.

Van Dijk's team-mate Alisson picked up the Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season accolade and Klopp had no doubt the Brazilian was worthy.

"I would say well, well, well deserved. He made exceptional saves," Klopp said.

"In the first season with us and immediately winning the Champions League. What a year he had, he won the Champions League, won the Copa America and now is the best goalie of last year."

Jurgen Klopp is anticipating an "emotional" Napoli after Champions League holders Liverpool were drawn against Carlo Ancelotti's side again in this season's group stage.

Liverpool, who beat Tottenham to claim their sixth title in Europe's elite club competition, were pitted with Napoli, Genk and Salzburg in Group E.

Napoli have become a familiar foe over recent seasons, having been placed in the same group as the Reds last season.

The Serie A side came out on top in their first meeting in October, but a 1-0 win at Anfield in the last group outing secured Liverpool's progression behind Paris Saint-Germain.

Ancelotti's team – who beat Liverpool 3-0 in pre-season – have invested in their squad in the transfer window, bringing in Hirving Lozano for a club-record fee while defender Kostas Manolas has joined from Roma.

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez and Inter's Mauro Icardi have also been targeted and although Liverpool will be favourites to top Group E, Klopp knows his side cannot underestimate the Napoli threat.

"Napoli again! I don't know how often I've now played against Napoli, but they're obviously a very experienced side," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

"Napoli are just a really good side. The home game we played [in last season's Champions League] was one of the best games we played because it was so rock solid.

"In the pre-season games, when we won 5-0 in Dublin [in 2018] I was not interested in the result. Now this year we lost 3-0 and that's not too interesting, but you see how good they are.

"Carlo has such experience and has won the competition so often [three times]. When they went out last year, it was pretty close, so they will remember that and it will be emotional, I am pretty sure."

Though Liverpool and Napoli are likely to battle it out for the top spots, Klopp feels Genk and Salzburg – Europa League semi-finalists in 2017-18 and the club where Sadio Mane and Naby Keita enjoyed their breakthroughs – will present stern opposition.

"With the other two teams, I know how people will say these are the two smaller teams of the group, they are not," Klopp added.

"Of course, Salzburg are famous for bringing through new players, like they did with Sadio and Naby – they've found a lot of others, too. It will be really interesting."

Cristiano Ronaldo should have won the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award instead of Virgil van Dijk, Juventus vice president Pavel Nedved has suggested.

Defender Van Dijk triumphed at Thursday's ceremony having played a key part in Liverpool's Champions League triumph last term and Netherlands' run to the Nations League final.

Ronaldo appeared in good spirits despite being overlooked for the prize, joking with old rival Lionel Messi in a stage-side interview.

Nedved, though, was in no doubt over which of the nominated trio should have been given the trophy.

"I expected Ronaldo's victory, but we accept everything," he said to Sky Sport Italia.

Ronaldo hit a hat-trick to steer Juve through a Champions League last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid last season and the two clubs will meet again in the 2019-20 group stage.

The Serie A champions will also face Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow in Group D.

"A tough round, not easy, but there are no easy matches in the Champions League," Nedved said. "We have changed a lot, we have a new coach and players, but I am convinced that we can do well."

Juve coach Maurizio Sarri is yet to lead his team from the dugout in a competitive game after contracting pneumonia.

He missed a 1-0 win at Parma on the opening weekend and will be absent again for Saturday's visit of old club Napoli.

Nedved, though, believes the former Chelsea boss will be ready to take his place when Juve face Fiorentina on September 14, ahead of their first Champions League group game the following week.

"It was right that, for these first two Serie A matches, he should be left to recover: with pneumonia, there is no joking," he said. 

"I think we will see him back on the bench immediately after the international break."

Virgil van Dijk has won UEFA's Player of the Year award.

The Liverpool defender took the honour ahead of Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Van Dijk's arrival from Southampton made him the world's most expensive defender and he helped repay his fee by starring as the Reds won Champions League glory last term.

"I need to thank all my team-mates and the staff. I wouldn't have achieved what I have over the last year [without them], my family of course, it's been a long road but it's part of my journey, who I am," Van Dijk said.

"I had to work hard every step of the way, it's part of me and I'm happy about that. I'm proud to get that trophy and it's a credit to everyone who helped me along the way.

The Netherlands international is considered a leading contender to win this year's Ballon d'Or, which has not been given to a defender since Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro triumphed in 2006 having led the Azzurri to World Cup glory.

Taking the Women's Player of the Year award was England right-back Lucy Bronze, who beat out Lyon team-mates Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry.

UEFA also handed out positional awards for male players, with Van Dijk landing Champions League Defender of the Season recognition in addition to taking the top prize.

Midfielder of the Season went to Frenkie de Jong for his performances in Ajax's stunning run to the semi-finals, while Forward of the Season was given to Messi.

Champions League holders Liverpool have learned their opponents for the 2019-20 group stage, with Jurgen Klopp's side facing Napoli again.

The Reds were placed in Group B, which also includes Salzburg and Genk, when Thursday's draw was made in Monaco.

Inter's return to the Champions League saw them placed along with Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund in a daunting Group F, which also includes Slavia Prague.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid's bid to recapture their crown will see Zinedine Zidane's men take on Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Club Brugge and Galatasaray.

Champions League group stage draw in full:

Group A: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, Galatasaray

Group B: Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Olympiacos, Red Star Belgrade

Group C: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo, Atalanta

Group D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moscow

Group E: Liverpool, Napoli, Salzburg, Genk

Group F: Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter, Slavia Prague

Group G: Zenit, Benfica, Lyon, RB Leipzig

Group H: Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, Lille

Holders Liverpool have been drawn with Napoli in the Champions League group stages, while Real Madrid will face Paris Saint-Germain.

Madrid and PSG will also meet Club Brugge and Galatasaray in Group A, with the action set to get underway on September 17 and 18, while the final will be played in Istanbul on May 30.

Liverpool's attempt to defend their title will see Jurgen Klopp's Reds come up against Napoli, Salzburg and Genk in Group E.

Meanwhile, beaten finalists Tottenham are in Group B with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, as well as Greek giants Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade.

The strongest group is arguably F, where Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Antonio Conte's Inter are joined by Slavia Prague.

Perhaps the most open is Group G,where Russian champions Zenit are in with Benfica, Lyon and RB Leipzig.

Juventus take on Atletico Madrid in a repeat of last season's quarter-final in Group D, where Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow were also placed.

Manchester City, among the favourites for the tournament, take on familiar foes in the form of Shakhtar Donetsk, along with Dinamo Zagreb and tournament debutants Atalanta.

Europa League winners Chelsea meet last term's semi-finalists Ajax in Group H, with those sides meeting in European competition for the first time. Valencia and Lille complete that section.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes it is "crazy" just how strong the Champions League will be in 2019-20.

The draw for the group stage will be held in Monaco on Thursday, with Klopp's Reds getting ready to defend their title.

Such is the strength of the competition this season, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham, Ajax and Benfica are in pot two.

Klopp, whose side beat Spurs in last season's final, said such teams belonged in pot one.

"I don't think there was ever a stronger pot two. It is just crazy," he told UK newspapers.

"They should all be in pot one, but there is not enough space there. I don't think there was ever a stronger pot three.

"If people really think about this kind of Super League, then you don't need it. That's it. Then pot four you can get RB Leipzig – wow."

Klopp's men are in pot one alongside Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit.

The German said there were several contenders to lift the trophy in Istanbul on May 30 next year.

"I really think a lot of teams have a good chance. Bayern Munich now finally brought in [Ivan] Perisic and [Philippe] Coutinho which is like a big boost," Klopp said.

"Look at the squad Borussia Dortmund has and tell me we are stronger than them. That is incredible. They can make five changes and you think, 'really, they didn't play last week? Why?'

"There are a lot of quality teams – Juventus will be there, PSG will be there. Whatever happens they will find solutions.

"Real Madrid? Do you think they gave up already?"

UEFA has confirmed the seedings for Thursday's Champions League draw with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund all in pot two.

Champions League holders Liverpool are in the top pot along with fellow Premier League sides Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as league winners Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Zenit complete the pot one line-up as the Russian Premier League champions are designated by UEFA to be given a place among the other top seeds.

That means last season's beaten finalists Tottenham go into pot two with the two Madrid clubs, as well as Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Benfica and Ajax – the 2018-19 semi-finalists who beat APOEL in the play-off round to secure qualification.

Club Brugge and Slavia Prague also came through the play-off round on Wednesday and they have been placed in the third and fourth pots respectively.

The draw will be made at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, with the group stage set to get under way in mid-September while this season's final is scheduled for May 30 in Istanbul.

Pot one: Barcelona, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit

Pot two: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Tottenham, Shakhtar Donetsk, Ajax, Benfica

Pot three: Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, Salzburg, Olympiacos, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb, Inter, Valencia

Pot four: Lokomotiv Moscow, Genk, Red Star Belgrade, RB Leipzig, Lille, Atalanta, Slavia Prague, Galatasaray

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