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Who can Liverpool and Celtic get in UEFA Champions League qualifiers and when is the draw?

By Gareth Hanna

Liverpool and Celtic will both discover their fate in Friday's Champions League play-off draw.

The two clubs are both now just one step away from a coveted spot in the group stages. So who stands in their way?

Who can Liverpool face?

The Anfield side are in the non-champions side of the draw and will come up against other teams who didn't manage to win their domestic league last season. They are seeded, along with Sevilla, Napoli, CSKA Moscow and Sporting Lisbon. That means they will come up against one of FCSB (Steaua Bucharest), Young Boys, Nice, Hoffenheim and Istanbul Basaksehir. Of course that means a potential meeting with ex-Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, now playing for Nice.

Who can Celtic draw?

Celtic are going through the 'Champions' route to the group stages and have already seen off both Linfield and Rosenborg to make it to the final qualifying round. They are also seeded, along with Olympiakos, FC Copenhagen, APOEL Nicosia and NK Maribor. That means they will come up against either Qarabag FK, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Slavia Prague, Astana or NK Rijeka. Qarabag, of course, are the Azerbaijani champions who had been linked with a move for Northern Ireland forward Kyle Lafferty.

When is the draw?

The draw will be held on Friday 4 August at 11am BST.

When will the matches take place?

The first legs of all ties are due to be played on either 15th or 16th August, with the return legs a week later on 22nd or 23rd August. And the prize they are all playing for is a place in the group stage draw, which will take place on August 24 with the matches beginning on September 12.

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