Champions League

UCL 2021/22 Group of Death: Analysing Who Among Liverpool, Atletico, Milan & Porto Will Progress From the Group

Arjun Singh Devgan
Liverpool and Atletico Madrid have been drawn in Group B of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League
Liverpool and Atletico Madrid have been drawn in Group B of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The UEFA Champions League draw for the 2021/22 took place in Istanbul on Thursday with 32 of the best European clubs finding out their groups for the season.

The draw once gave us a number of interesting groups which saw a number of top European sides being drawn to face each other. However, it is Group B which can be rightly called as the Group of Death as it will see the likes of Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, FC Porto and AC Milan face each other.

Here, we analyse the teams in the group and give our picks on who will progress among these four top clubs into the knockout stage.

1. Favourite to Top the Group - Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk
Liverpool v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Liverpool might have got knocked out in the quarter-final stage last season, but there are no doubts that they remain as one of the favourites to not only top Group B, but also win the competition.

Jurgen Klopp has already got a shot in the arm by seeing talisman, Virgil van Dijk return to full fitness and he will be key to their fortunes in Europe. While they will face some top sides, a lineup consisting of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, Diogo Jota, Trent Alexander-Arnold among other will prove to be just too tough for the others to overcome.

2. Atletico to finish second

Diego Pablo Simeone
Real Valladolid v Atletico Madrid - La Liga Santander / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid are one of the toughest teams to face in Europe and Diego Simeone will look to ensure his side bounce back from their poor performance in the competition last time around.

The Spanish side put European disappointment behind them to go on and win the 2020/21 LaLiga title, and one thing is certain is that they will be defensively solid and very tough to score against.

Atletico have a number of top players in their side and some who have the experience of playing in the biggest stages in Europe. They cannot ever be written off at any stage due to the tenacity present in the squad.

3. Milan remain underdogs on return to UCL

Stefano Pioli, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Stefano Pioli (L), head coach of AC Milan, celebrates the... / Nicolò Campo/Getty Images

AC Milan qualified for the Champions League for the first time since 2013, and they needed to wait till the final matchday of the 2020/21 Serie A season to ensure that they returned back to Europe's premier competition.

While the Italian giants have seen the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu leave the club this summer, they still have enough talent in their ranks to cause an upset on their day.

When you have Zlatan Ibrahimovic in your squad, anything is possible and it will be interesting to see whether he will be the same force in Europe considering that he is 39-years-old.