Europa League draw LIVE: Liverpool, West Ham, Brighton and Rangers learn last 16 fate

The Europa League last 16 draw is set with Liverpool, West Ham, Brighton and Rangers ready to learn their opponents.

Uefa will conduct the draw this morning in Nyon, following the conclusion of the play-offs, where third-placed Champions League sides entered the competition. Other contenders are Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen, who are racing away with the Bundesliga this season, while AC Milan, Atalanta, Benfica and Villarreal could also be threats.

The Reds, like the other three British teams, topped their group and are now the favourites in their pursuit of a famous quadruple, according to the bookmakers, followed by Leverkusen and Milan.

Follow the last 16 draw and reaction as Jurgen Klopp eyes glory in Dublin to end his reign at Anfield:

Europa League last 16 draw

  • Draw to take place in Nyon at 11am GMT

  • Liverpool, West Ham, Brighton and Rangers set to learn opponents

  • Last 16 ties take place on 7 and 14 March

  • Europa League last 16 seeded and unseeded teams

Liverpool, Leverkusen and Brighton stand out says Zalewski

09:52 , Mike Jones

Ahead of this morning’s Europa League draw Roma midfielder Nicola Zalewski spoke about who he feels are the favourites to win the trophy.

“At this stage in the competition, I think every team is strong,” he said, “Liverpool, Leverkusen and Brighton definitely stand out by name and by their style of play, but I’m 100 percent convinced that if we draw one of these three, they will show us respect.”

Europa Conference League draw

09:46 , Mike Jones

Following the conclusion of the Europa League last 16 draw will be the draw for Europe’s third competition the Europa Conference League.

It is a very similar draw to the previous one with seeded and unseeded teams drawn against each other. This draw starts at 12pm GMT and features Aston Villa as the only British team in the competition.

Moyes defiant as fan pressure mounts on West Ham boss

09:40 , Mike Jones

David Moyes is coming under pressure from West Ham fans who would like to see more exciting football from the team amid a run of poor results.

The manager was staunch in his own defence and reminded fans of what he has achieved at the London Stadium including the fact the Hammers won the European Conference League last season.

“I am pretty long in the tooth, you can never please everybody, it would be hard to say there have been many better times at West Ham,” he said.

“Maybe they want something different, but they would honestly have to say it has been the best times they have had at the club with regards winning a European trophy, the league positions.

“Maybe there would be managers who excite them more, possibly, but the one who is sitting here wins more.

“My response would be to say we are hurting really badly as a team and a manager because we have not had good results for five or six weeks now but this year already we have beaten Tottenham, Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, we must not forget there were good times not so long ago.

“We have not been playing well, but there are some mitigating circumstances since January 1, with boys going to the African Cup of Nations, Jarrod Bowen came back from England with an injury and has not been the same since, we have been without Lucas Paqueta as well for most of the time so there are things that have affected us.

“I have seen other teams have similar, Newcastle, Man Utd, Man City before the World Championship, Arsenal over Christmas.

“There is no divine right that West Ham don’t have a dicky period at some point in the season. We are hoping we can get back on it.”

How does the Europa League draw work?

09:30 , Mike Jones

The draw will feature 16 teams, the eight group winners as well as the eight teams that came through the playoffs. No side can face another team from the same national association, but an English side could draw Rangers.

Ties take place over two legs, with the first legs set for March 7 and the second legs a week later on March 14. With no away goals advantage, matches level after 180 minutes will go to extra time and, if necessary, a penalty shoot-out.

How to watch the Europa League draw?

09:20 , Mike Jones

The draw will be live-streamed via the Uefa Europa League website. Viewers can also watch it on TNT Sports 2 as well as via the Discovery+ app.

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When is the draw?

09:12 , Mike Jones

The Europa League round of 16 draw takes place at Uefa’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday 23 February. The draw is set to commence at 11am GMT.

Europa League last 16 draw: What can the British teams play?

09:03 , Jack Rathborn

With Liverpool, West Ham, Brighton and Rangers all seeded for the draw, their options are as follows:

  • AC Milan (ITA)

  • Benfica (POR)

  • Freiburg (GER)

  • Marseille (FRA)

  • Qarabağ (AZE)

  • Roma (ITA)

  • Sparta Praha (CZE)

  • Sporting CP (POR)

Europa League last 16 draw: Who are the seeded and unseeded teams?

08:59 , Jack Rathborn

Seeded teams

Atalanta (ITA)

Brighton (ENG)

Leverkusen (GER)

Liverpool (ENG)

Rangers (SCO)

Slavia Praha (CZE)

Villarreal (ESP)

West Ham (ENG)

Unseeded teams

AC Milan (ITA)

Benfica (POR)

Freiburg (GER)

Marseille (FRA)

Qarabağ (AZE)

Roma (ITA)

Sparta Praha (CZE)

Sporting CP (POR)

Jurgen Klopp compares Liverpool’s ‘thunderstorm’ win over Luton with famous comeback against Barcelona

08:47 , Jack Rathborn

Jurgen Klopp broke his promise. A few months ago, he had vowed to stop talking about his greatest comeback, his greatest night. There can be a temptation to mention the most famous of his 472 games in charge of Liverpool, in part because it combined so many of the elements that have defined his reign. But after another four-goal comeback, he reached for the ultimate in his search for something reminiscent.

“I promised my team a few months ago that I would never mention the Barcelona game as an example and I used it again today so I broke my promise,” he said. “Just because this game was, before the game, kind of similar.”

It is not often Luton Town find themselves bracketed with Barcelona. It was the shared sense of adversity that prompted Klopp to make the comparison. He likes the idea of limitless possibilities, of making the improbable possible and then actual. Liverpool were underdogs against Barcelona and they definitely were not against Luton, they trailed by three goals to Lionel Messi and co and just one to Carlton Morris and his colleagues, but these were Liverpool sides with a difference, both depleted by injury.

Klopp compares Liverpool’s ‘thunderstorm’ win over Luton with Barcelona comeback

Xabi Alonso has ‘nothing new to say’ about Liverpool and Bayern Munich links

08:40 , Jack Rathborn

Bayer Leverkusen head coach Xabi Alonso has insisted there is “nothing new to say” regarding fresh speculation over his future.

Alonso has been heavily linked with the Liverpool job since Jurgen Klopp announced last month he would step down at the end of the campaign, but the Premier League club now face competition from Bayern Munich.

It was revealed on Wednesday that current Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel will leave his position at the conclusion of the season – increasing the scrutiny on Alonso.

Xabi Alonso has ‘nothing new to say’ about Liverpool and Bayern Munich links

What time is the Europa League last 16 draw?

08:33 , Jack Rathborn

Europa League sides are set to find out their last-16 opponents when the draw takes place on Friday.

There will be plenty of Premier League interest, with Liverpool, West Ham and Brighton all safely through to the round of 16 after finishing top of their respective groups.

The English trio, alongside the other five group winners, are joined in the draw by the eight other teams who made it through the play-off round.

The play-off second legs concluded on Thursday and saw those who finished second in their Europa League group face a side who finished third in their respective Champions League group.

What time is the Europa League last 16 draw?

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