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Rio Ferdinand gave his impressions of Liverpool in Europe.

Rio Ferdinand spoke about Liverpool's Champions League campaign after Napoli win

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The draw for the last-16 of the Champions League is already shaping up very nicely. 

On Tuesday night, Liverpool and Tottenham both made it through as runners-up of their respective groups and they will be eagerly awaiting Monday 17th December when they find out their next opponents. 

While Spurs grabbed a late 1-1 draw in Barcelona and kept an eye on proceedings in Milan, Reds fans will have been equally stressed watching their side keep out Napoli at Anfield. 

Jurgen Klopp's side struggled to capitalise on most of their chances, only Mo Salah finding the back of the net. 

It meant it was down to Alisson to save their necks with his injury-time save to keep out Arkadiusz Milik and send his team to the knockout stages. 

Aside from the victory over Paris Saint-Germain, we are yet to really see much resemblance between the current Liverpool side and the one that reached the final in Kiev in May. 

Klopp's men haven't quite hit top gear, but all that ultimately matters is that their name will be in the hat next week. 

Indeed, commentating on BT Sport, Rio Ferdinand stressed that it's their ability to grind out performances and to cancel out their opponents that will scare other teams - and nobody will want to face them going forward. 

Ferdinand gives his verdict 

“Jurgen sounded more pleased with the way that they played and they nullified a Napoli team who have got goals in them and they didn't really create much,” Ferdinand said, as quoted via the Independent. 

“They started playing out of character which is a fantastic achievement. The tenacity with which they play with is unrivalled in Europe at the moment.

Liverpool finished second to Paris Saint-Germain

“They are aggressive, on the front foot and their attention to detail is something to behold but when you've got Mo Salah, (Sadio) Mane and (Roberto) Firmino backing it up this is a team you wouldn't want to come out of the hat and have to play against.”

Whoever is pitted against them in the last-16 will have to contemplate coming up against an attack that has scored 44 goals in 23 games in all competitions so far this season. 

At the other end, getting past Virgil van Dijk and Alisson looks a pretty formidable task too.

It will have pained Ferdinand, the ex-Manchester United centre-back, to admit it, but Liverpool remain a frightening prospect in Europe - even when they're not quite at their clinical best.  

How far will Liverpool go in the Champions League? Have your say in the comments. 

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