Liverpool has secured its place in the knockout stages of the Europa League after beating LASK in its penultimate group stage clash.

The Reds sit top of Group E, and are now guaranteed to go through to the next stage. That will be a huge boost to Jürgen Klopp as he looks to get his side back into the Champions League at the first time of asking next season.

Liverpool will of course hope to earn a place at the top table of European football through a top-four finish in the Premier League, and so far, things are looking promising on that front. But the Europa League also offers a path into the Champions League, with the competition’s winner earning a spot in the following season’s group stage.

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There is still a long way to go before Liverpool can start thinking about lifting the trophy though, and there’ll be plenty of competition as things heat up in the knockout stages. Here’s all you need to know about the next round of the Europa League and when Liverpool will be playing.

When do the Europa League knockout stages take place?

The next round of the Europa League sees ties taking place on February 15 and 22 in 2024. This round is essentially a play-off round, and pits the sides that finished second in their groups against the third-placed sides dropping out of the Champions League.

Following those games, the round of 16 gets underway, with the first legs on March 7, and the second legs on April 18.

The quarter-finals take place on April 11 and 18, with the semi-finals just under a month later on May 2 and 9. The final takes place in Dublin on May 22.

When is the draw for the next round?

The draw for the play-off stage takes place in Nyon, Switzerland, on Monday, December 18. Of course, Liverpool won’t need to pay attention to that, having already secured its place in the last-16.

The Reds therefore will have to wait until the New Year to find out who they’ll play next. The draw for the round of 16 takes place on February 23.

Klopp and his players will hope they can get through and book their place in the last eight, when they will also find out who they will potentially play in the following round. The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals take place on the same day on March 15.

How can Liverpool avoid an extra tie?

Liverpool might have secured its place in the knockout stages, but the work isn’t quite done yet. The Reds can still make life much easier for themselves by avoiding the play-off round.

If Liverpool finishes top of Group E, it will go straight through to the round of 16 without having to face any side dropping down from the Champions League first. If the Reds finish second though, they’ll have to play two extra games, which Klopp certainly won’t want.

The good news is, Liverpool is well set to finish top. With Toulouse two points behind in second, a draw in Belgium will be enough to see the Reds through thanks to their superior head-to-head record against the French side.

The final group games take place on December 14, with both Union SG vs Liverpool and LASK vs Toulouse kicking off at the same time (5:45pm UK time).

Who will be dropping down from the Champions League?

There could be some big names dropping into the Europa League in the New Year, with the group stages of the Champions League coming to a close. Heading into the final week of fixtures, two of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals could be joining the Reds.

Both Manchester City and Arsenal have booked their places in the knockout stages of the Champions League, but Manchester United and Newcastle both go into their final games with their fate out of their hands. The former needs something of a miracle to stay in the competition, and it might not even get the consolation of a Europa League spot, with FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray both ahead of Erik ten Hag’s side.

Newcastle will be assured of at least a spot in the Europa League if it beats AC Milan in its final group game. The Magpies need Borussia Dortmund to beat or draw with PSG in their game as well to stay in the Champions League, and send the French side into the Europa League.

Elsewhere, Feyenoord and Young Boys are both guaranteed to be dropping into the Europa League. Serial winner Sevilla faces a fight to even finish third in its group, with the Spanish side needing to beat Lens in its final game.

Napoli, Braga and Union Berlin could all drop down from Group C, Groups D and H both have thrilling finales in store. Red Bull Salzburg and Benfica face each other in their final game, with the former just needing a point to finish third, while Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk will fight it out for second in their group, with the former just needing to avoid a defeat by three or more goals.