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UCL Draw 2019: Liverpool face easy draw, Virgil van Dijk wins Best Men’s Player award

UCL Draw 2019: PSG and Real Madrid have been pitted together in Group A while Juventus and Atletico Madrid have been pitted together in Group D.

UCL Draw 2019: Reigning champions Liverpool will face Napoli, Salzburg and Genk (Source: Twitter/@ChampionsLeague)

UCL Draw 2019: The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League group stage draw happened at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on Thursday, deciding the fates of the Europe’s best clubs, with holders Liverpool being drafted in Group E, and runners-up Tottenham Hotspur being drafted in Group B.

Before the Champions League draw, the 32 teams were divided into four pots based on their UEFA coefficients. Pot 1 had Liverpool as holders, Chelsea as UEFA Europa League winners, and league winners, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit.

Pot 2 had other European heavyweights like Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur, Ajax, Napoli.

After the draw, the groups for the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League look like:

The group stages are scheduled to start from September 17/18, with the semi-finals scheduled on April 28/29 and May 5/6.

The final will be played at Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on May 30, 2019.

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Virgil van Dijk was awarded the UEFA Best Men’s Player of the Year. (Source: Twitter/@ChampionsLeague)

At the Grimaldi Forum on Thursday, the awards for Best Men’s Player and Best Women’s Player were also awarded to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Olympique Lyonnais’ Lucy Bronze respectively.

Facing competition from Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, van Dijk, the 28-year-old Dutch defender, was named as the best male player in Europe in the year. Meanwhile, Bronze defeated her Lyon teammates Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry for the Best Women’s Player award.

On the other hand, among other awards, Liverpool’s Alisson Becker won the Goalkeeper of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League award, Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk won the Defender of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season, Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong won the Midfielder of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season, and lastly, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won the Forward of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season.

Among ones who missed out on the positional awards are, last year’s runners-up Tottenham Hotspur’s captain Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen, Juventus’ Mathijs de Ligt, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.