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Real & Liverpool clubbed together

Monaco: Defending champions Real Madrid will face Liverpool, FC Basel and debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria following the draw for the group stage of the Champions league on Thursday.

Real won the title for the 10th time when they beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra time in Lisbon in May and have the chance to avenge a 0-5 aggregate defeat to five-time champions Liverpool in the last 16 in 2009.

Further back in time, Liverpool beat Real 1-0 in the 1981 European Cup final in Paris.

The draw, held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, had a distinct air of deja vu about it.

Arsenal were drawn in the same group as Borussia Dortmundn, as were Chelsea and Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich and Manchester City.