The 32-team lineup in Monaco includes group-stage debutants Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys, plus clubs ending long absences from the lucrative competition that has a record 1.95 billion euros ($2.28 billion) in prize money this season.
The Champions League group stages will be be decided today in a ceremony in Monaco.
Mane was on target during the second half to briefly pull the Premier League team level and, ahead of Thursday's draw for the group stage, the Senegal worldwide feels last season's experience can only be beneficial.
Manchester City are in pot one along with defending champions Real Madrid, Europa League winners Atletico Madrid and respective European league winners Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Lokomotiv Moscow.
The Russian champions are easily the weakest team in pot one and Dortmund will be hoping wind up in their group.
There are plenty of teams to fear in Pot 1, none more so than defending champions Real Madrid who beat the Merseysiders in last year's final.
Sterling has less than two years on his current contract and has been dragging his feet on committing to the club, with whom he now earns £175k a week.
The worst outcome, arguably, on paper for Liverpool would be to draw Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan in their group.
That is not the case, says Sky Sports, but Real Madrid "will have club representatives in the crowd at Wembley" when England play Spain in the Uefa Nations League on 8 September, with a view to tabling a big-money bid in January. Had Benfica failed to qualify, Liverpool would have moved up to Pot 2.
What time will the games kick off?