Liverpool must come through a tough two-legged play-off tie against Hoffenheim if they are to return to the group stage of the Champions League after a three-year absence, following Friday’s draw.
Jurgen Klopp will take his Liverpool team back to his native Germany for the first leg on August 15 or 16 with the return at Anfield a week later
Hoffenheim, whose Rhein Neckar Arena is in Sinsheim in south-west Germany, are in the Champions League for the first time in their history after finishing fourth in the Bundesliga last season.
Their coach Julian Nagelsmann, who turned 30 last month, is one of the most highly-rated young trainers in the game.
Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League last season. The five-time European champions were last in the Champions League in 2014-15, when they failed to make it out of their group.
Spanish side Sevilla have been drawn against last season’s Turkish league runners-up Istanbul Basaksehir, who boast the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Clichy in their ranks and eliminated Club Brugge in the third qualifying round.
Napoli, who came third in Serie A last season, were handed a difficult draw against Nice, third in France’s Ligue 1 and victors against Ajax in the third qualifying round.
Scottish giants Celtic, who were in the section of the draw reserved for domestic champions, must once again beat Astana of Kazakhstan if they are to return to the group phase.
The Glasgow club will host Astana in the first leg before a journey of nearly 4,000 miles for the return leg on August 22 or 23. Celtic won 3-2 on aggregate when the teams met in the third qualifying round last season.
First legs to be played August 15/16, second legs August 22/23.
The ten winners earn a place in the draw for the UEFA Champions League group stage on Thursday 24 August, with the defeated teams transferring to the UEFA Europa League group stage.
Who’s already in the group stage?
Other pots: Anderlecht (BEL), Atlético Madrid (ESP), Barcelona (ESP), Basel (SUI), Beşiktaş (TUR), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Feyenoord (NED), RB Leipzig (GER), Manchester City (ENG), Manchester United (ENG), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Porto (POR), Roma (ITA), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
Champions League Playoff First Legs
Quarabag v Copenhagen
Apoel FC v Slavia Prague
Olympiakos v HNK Rijeka
Celtic v Astana
Hapoel v NK Maribor
Istanbul Basaksehir v Sevilla
Young Boys v CSKA Moscow
Napoli v Nice – Buy Champions League Tickets
Hoffenheim v Liverpool – Buy Champions League Tickets
Sporting Lisbon v Steaua Bucherest – Buy Champions League Tickets
Champions League Playoff Second Legs
Copenhagen vc Quarabag
Slavia Prague v Apoel FC
HNK Rijeka v Olympiakos
Astana v Celtic
NK Maribor v Hapoel
Sevilla v Istanbul Basaksehir – Buy Champions League Tickets
CSKA Moscow v Young Boys
Nice v Napoli – Buy Champions League Tickets
Liverpool v Hoffenheim – Buy Champions League Tickets
Steaua Bucherest v Sporting Lisbon