Liverpool have edged nearer to a seedings boost in next season’s Champions League competition after Basel crashed out of the competition in the second qualifying round. The Swiss Super League runners-up from last season – and former club of both Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri – were beaten 3-0 at home to Greek side PAOK Salonika, losing 5-1 on aggregate. Liverpool have met Basel four times in Champions League matches in 2002 and 2014 but have failed to beat them, drawing three times and losing once. Jurgen Klopp’s side currently find themselves in pot three for the group stage draw of the 2018/19 tournament but knew that if both Basel and Benfica did not make it, they would be promoted to pot two. They are now halfway to being bumped up but they now need the Portuguese side, who enter proceedings at the next stage (third qualifying round) not to make it through the remaining two hurdles, including a play-off round, in order to benefit. Liverpool of course made it all the way to the final of last season’s competition having started out as a pot three team and being drawn alongside Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor at the group stage. However, if the Reds were moved up into pot two they would avoid the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Napoli in the group stage.