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Brighton handed tough Europa League draw as Liverpool, Rangers and West Ham discover opponents


Brighton will play two former European Cup winners while Liverpool face trips to France and Belgium in the Europa League group stage.

The draw for the 15th edition of competition since being rebranded from the UEFA Cup was held in Monaco on Friday lunchtime.

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Roberto De Zerbi leads Brighton into Europe for the first time in the club’s historyCredit: Getty
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool begin life in the Europa League for the first time in seven years

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Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool begin life in the Europa League for the first time in seven yearsCredit: Getty

Brighton’s first-ever European campaign sees them pit their wits against former European Champions Ajax and Marseille and Greek champions AEK Athens.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s side will kick off their first Europa League campaign since losing the 2016 final to the competition’s serial winners, Sevilla.

The Reds face Austrian outfit Lask, Union Saint-Gilloise of Belgium and French Cup holders Toulouse.

Last season’s Europa Conference League winners West Ham face Greek side Olympiacos, Freiburg and debutants FK TSC Backa Topola of Serbia.

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Following their Champions League play-off defeat to PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, Rangers will also contest this season’s Europa League for the first time since a heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the 2022 final.

The Gers go head-to-head with La Liga side Real Betis, Sparta Prague and Aris Limassol.

The group stage kicks off on September 21 and ends on December 14 with the match calendar to be made available on Saturday.

This season’s final will take place in Dublin on May 22.

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David Moyes will be dreaming of more European glory this seasonCredit: Getty
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Michael Beale is hoping his side can do deep in the competition as they did in 2022Credit: Getty

Europa League group stage draw in full

Group A: West Ham, Olympiacos, Freiburg, FK TSC Backa Topola

Group B: Ajax, Marseille, Brighton, AEK Athens

Group C: Rangers, Betis, Sparta Prague, Aris Limassol

Group D: Atalanta, Sporting Lisbon, Sturm Graz. Rakow

Group E: Liverpool, LASK, Union Saint-Gilloise, Toulouse

Group F: Villarreal, Rennes, Maccabi Haifa, Panathinaikos

Group G: Roma, Slavia Prague, Sheriff Tiraspol, Servette

Group H: Bayer Leverkusen, Qarabag, Molde, BK Hacken

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