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Europa League last 16 draw LIVE: Liverpool, West Ham, Brighton and Rangers learn fate

Klopp gives update on Jota’s future as Liverpool’s injury crisis worsens

The Europa League last 16 draw is set with Liverpool, West Ham, Brighton and Rangers ready to learn their opponents.

Uefa will conduct the draw this morning in Nyon, following the conclusion of the play-offs, where third-placed Champions League sides entered the competition. Other contenders are Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen, who are racing away with the Bundesliga this season, while AC Milan, Atalanta, Benfica and Villarreal could also be threats.

The Reds, like the other three British teams, topped their group and are now the favourites in their pursuit of a famous quadruple, according to the bookmakers, followed by Leverkusen and Milan.

Follow the last 16 draw and reaction as Jurgen Klopp eyes glory in Dublin to end his reign at Anfield:


Europa League draw LIVE

The third round of 16 tie sees Roma drawn out against…

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:15


Europa League draw LIVE

John O’Shea pulls Marseille out of the pot next up…

… the French club will be taking on Villarreal!

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:14


Europa League draw LIVE

The first team to come out of the pot is Sparta Prague as one of the play-off winners…

… they are facing Liverpool!

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:13


Europa League draw LIVE

The procedure of the draw – seeded teams face unseeded teams etc – is now explained just so that everyone knows how things work and which teams can be drawn against which.

No team from the same domestice league can face each other at this stage.

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:10


Europa League draw LIVE

Giorgio Marchetti is brought onto the stage to talk about next season’s Europa League expansion before explaining the rules for the draw with a bit of flair and style.

He also congratulates Qarabag for becoming the first team from Azerbaijan to reach the knockout stage of this competition.

John O’Shea is then introduced to help out with the draw.

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:07


Europa League draw LIVE

Here’s a reminder of the teams in the draw:

  • Atalanta (ITA)
  • Brighton (ENG)
  • Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
  • Liverpool (ENG)
  • Rangers (SCO)
  • Slavia Prague (CZE)
  • Villarreal (ESP)
  • West Ham (ENG)
  • AC Milan (ITA)
  • Benfica (POR)
  • Freiburg (GER)
  • Marseille (FRA)
  • Qarabağ (AZE)
  • Roma (ITA)
  • Sparta Prague (CZE)
  • Sporting CP (POR)

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:05


Europa League draw LIVE

The draw for the Europa League last-16 is just getting started. As always there’s a recap of the group stages and the play-off round with the teams who have progressed being announced.

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:01


Fifa and Uefa face unfixable problem over multi-club ownership

The European body are pushing for Fifa to come up with rules before next year’s inaugural Club World Cup in the USA, especially with the possibility that it could feature clubs from multiple groups. Manchester City and Chelsea are both certain to be involved, as two examples, and the former are part of one of the biggest such groups in the world as City Football Group while the London club’s owners investigating the possibility of expanding beyond the recent purchase of Strasbourg.

Fifa are at the same pushing Uefa to clarify its own rules, that have so far led to situations like Leipzig and Salzburg – both from the Red Bull group – meeting in the Europa League. That is despite the rules notionally supposed to keep such teams apart to prevent conflict of interest. The two clubs were able to prove sufficient separation, which has left a consistent question over whether the regulations are fit for purpose.

Mike Jones23 February 2024 10:57


Klopp compares Liverpool comeback to Liverpool’s famous Barcelona win

A few months ago, he had vowed to stop talking about his greatest comeback, his greatest night. There can be a temptation to mention the most famous of his 472 games in charge of Liverpool, in part because it combined so many of the elements that have defined his reign.

But after another four-goal comeback, against Luton this time, he reached for the ultimate in his search for something reminiscent.

“I promised my team a few months ago that I would never mention the Barcelona game as an example and I used it again today so I broke my promise,” he said.

“Just because this game was, before the game, kind of similar. This is now their Barcelona, it was against Luton.

“Difficult situation, plenty of reasons to give up in moments but not tonight and I saw only a super group fighting. If you don’t limit yourself with bad thoughts you can fly, that’s what the boys did.”

Mike Jones23 February 2024 10:49


Europa League draw LIVE

Sparta Prague forward, Jan Kuchta said: “I don’t have any preferences for the draw, but I’m certain that we will now play with courage against other big clubs as we did against Galatasaray.”

Mike Jones23 February 2024 10:42


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