Europa League group stage
The group-stage draw has matched holders Club Atlético de Madrid with Bayer 04 Leverkusen while Liverpool FC are in a group involving FC Steaua Bucureşti, SSC Napoli and FC Utrecht.
In the confirmed fixture list, games will be played on 16 and 30 September, 22 October, 4 November, 1/2 and 15/16 December. Where possible, teams from the same association will kick off at different times and, on Matchdays 5 and 6, on separate days. In the round of 32 and round of 16 draws in Nyon on 17 December, the top two sides from each section will be joined by the eight teams which finish third in their UEFA Champions League group. The final is at the new Dublin Arena on 18 May 2011.
Konchesky to Liverpool ?
He is a left back so I am fine with it. Aurelio isn't as adventurous like him. Err..where's Insua? Apart from that, according to the Daily Mail, 19-year-old Valle and Swede Kacaniklic have been requested by Fulham who may leave Anfield on a loan deal.
Club Atlético de Madrid kicked off the new European club season as they ended the last by lifting a trophy thanks to their 2-0 victory against FC Internazionale Milano in the UEFA Super Cup at the Stade Louis II in Monaco.
Rafael Benítez's Liverpool FC side lost out to Atlético in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League last season and though the Spaniard is now in charge of Inter, it was his counterpart Quique Sánchez Flores who again had the last laugh. Not even a late penalty for UEFA Club Footballer of the Year Diego Milito could spoil a memorable night for the victors as David de Gea pulled off a fine save.