Degenek moved from Ange Postecoglou's Yokohama F. Marinos to the Serbian giants in the off-season eager to get into European football in the country where his family grew up and played a key role in securing their maiden group stage spot.
The Europa League group-stage draw takes place on Friday at 1pm. Pot 1 contains the current champions from Europe's biggest domestic leagues and the two sides with the highest UEFA coefficient.
Pot four: Viktoria Plzen, Club Brugge, Galatasaray, Young Boys, Inter, Hoffenheim, AEK Athens, Red Star Belgrade. But the draw could make some interesting ties and it is very possible that Borussia Dortmund could be in the group of death once again.
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The Russian champions are easily the weakest team in pot one and Dortmund will be hoping wind up in their group.
Red Star, who won the European Cup in 1991, came back from two goals down in an electrifying second leg in Austria to draw 2-2 and go through on away goals.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have only qualified for the Champions League in two of the last five seasons.
Liverpool are a third seed, and a nasty surprise for teams hoping to avoid them.
Teams from the same country can not be drawn together, while Shakhtar Donetsk in Pot 2 will be separated from Lokomotiv and CSKA Moscow, in Pot 3, due to ongoing political tensions between Ukraine and Russian Federation.
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