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Italian job for Liverpool and Spurs
Tottenham and Liverpool were both handed Italian jobs after being paired with Lazio and Udinese in the Europa League group-stage draw.
Spurs - denied a Champions League spot despite finishing fourth in the Barclays Premier League after Chelsea's European Cup triumph - were placed in Group J, which also contained Greek club Panathinaikos and Maribor of Slovenia.
Three-time winners Liverpool will also face mega-rich Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala and Swiss side Young Boys in Group A. Newcastle were in Group D along with Bordeaux, Club Brugge and Maritimo.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who watched his side edge past Hearts in the play-off round, said: "The groups have been drawn and we have got a difficult group.
"It is another step forward for us. European football is brilliant for this club and we look forward to going further in the competition."
Liverpool and Tottenham were both top seeds but were arguably handed tougher groups than Newcastle, who were seeded third ahead of their first European campaign for six years.
Manager Alan Pardew watched the draw live on television with several of his players and told his club's official website, www.nufc.co.uk: "My gut reaction is that the travelling is good, so I'm pleased about that - I didn't really want to go to the Ukraine or Russia or anywhere.
"The teams are of the standard you would expect in Europe so it's a tough-ish group, not the toughest by any means, but not the weakest so it's a test for us."
Meanwhile, Paul Gascoigne has been promised an invitation to Spurs' match at Lazio to celebrate the link he created between the two clubs.
Lazio general manager Maurizio Manzini revealed the former England star, 45, would be approached to attend the game at the Stadio Olimpico. Gascoigne joined Lazio from Spurs in 1992 and almost immediately secured a place in their folklore - his first goal for the club was a last-gasp equaliser in the Rome derby.