The draw for the Europa League 2023-24 season took place today, with several English clubs discovering their opponents in the competition. Liverpool, West Ham, and Brighton were among the teams eagerly awaiting the outcome of the draw.
Liverpool, who finished third in the Premier League last season, will face German side RB Leipzig in the round of 32. The Reds will be hoping to make a strong impression in the tournament after failing to progress beyond the quarter-finals in the previous campaign.
West Ham, who secured a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, will take on Portuguese outfit Benfica in the round of 32. The Hammers will be looking to build on their impressive domestic form and make a mark in European competition.
Brighton, who finished 15th in the Premier League, have been drawn against Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv. The Seagulls will be aiming to defy the odds and progress further in the competition.
Other notable fixtures from the draw include Italian giants AC Milan taking on Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow, and French club Marseille facing off against Spanish outfit Real Sociedad.
The first legs of the round of 32 matches will take place on February 16 and 17, with the return legs scheduled for February 23 and 24. The knockout stages promise to deliver thrilling encounters as teams battle it out for a place in the final.
The Europa League has provided plenty of excitement and drama over the years, with teams from across Europe competing for the coveted trophy. Last season’s winners, Villarreal, will be looking to defend their title and secure another memorable campaign.
As the draw concludes, all eyes will now be on the participating clubs as they prepare for the challenges ahead. Fans will be eagerly anticipating the start of the knockout stages, where anything can happen in this unpredictable and captivating competition.