The Road Ahead: Liverpool, Brighton and Others in the 2023-24 Europa League Draw
Liverpool’s Journey in Group E: A Mixed Bag
Liverpool find themselves in Group E, a group that offers a blend of challenges and opportunities. The Reds will lock horns with Austria’s LASK, Belgium’s Union St-Gilloise, and French cup victors Toulouse. After missing out on the Champions League for the first time since the 2016-17 season, Liverpool’s Europa League campaign will be under the microscope. The Merseyside club will be keen to make a statement, and their group stage opponents offer a balanced mix of tests.
Brighton’s Historic European Debut
Brighton & Hove Albion have landed in Group B, marking their first-ever European campaign in their 122-year existence. The Seagulls will face off against European heavyweights Ajax and Marseille, both former Champions League winners. Completing the group are Greek champions AEK Athens. Brighton’s sixth-place finish in the Premier League last season has set the stage for what promises to be an intriguing European journey.
West Ham and Rangers: Different Paths, Same Goal
West Ham United, fresh off a Conference League win last season, find themselves in Group A. They will be up against Olympiacos from Greece, Germany’s Freiburg, and Serbia’s TSC Backa Topola. Meanwhile, Rangers, who narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification, are in Group C with Spain’s Real Betis, Czech side Sparta Prague, and Cypriot champions Aris Limassol.
Aston Villa and the Europa Conference League
Aston Villa are yet to discover their fate in the Europa Conference League, with the draw scheduled for 13:00 BST. The Villans will be eager to find out who they’ll be pitted against as they look to make their mark in European competitions.