Following this week’s matches, we now know the 16 teams that will be competing in this season’s Champions League knockout stages.
The pre-tournament favourites all safely emerged from the group stages, including Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
Real Madrid, who are bidding to win Europe’s showpiece club competition for the fourth successive year, are also in the last-16 after finishing top of Group G.
Madrid won their 13th European Cup in Kiev back in May thanks to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool, who scraped through to this season’s knockout stages by the skin of their teeth.
Had Alisson not produced that vital save against Arkadiusz Milik in the dying seconds at Anfield on Tuesday night, Napoli would now be through to the next round at Liverpool’s expense.
The draw for the knockout rounds takes place on Monday in Nyon at midday - and the following graphic shows how likely each group winner is to facing each group runner-up.
Liverpool are most likely to face Klopp’s old side Borussia Dortmund, followed by Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus and FC Porto.
They can’t face either Paris Saint-Germain or Man City.
Madrid-based newspaper Marca have run a feature on next week’s draw and cast their verdict over the Merseyside outfit.
They rank Liverpool as the team that Real Madrid - who could face Manchester United, Tottenham, Schalke, Lyon or Ajax - will be desperate to avoid.
“Liverpool, last year's finalist, are the greatest threat,” Marca comment.
“By state of form, style of play and footballers within the squad, Jurgen Klopp's team is best avoided.”
Marca state that the same applies to Barcelona, who could face Manchester United, AS Roma, Schalke, Lyon or Ajax.
“As with Madrid,” they continued, “Liverpool are the opponent to avoid.”
It seems that even though Liverpool were far from convincing during the Champions League group stages, they are still regarded a serious threat to Spain’s big two.
For all of their world-class players, Marca believe both Madrid and Barça are in serious trouble if they draw the Reds in the next round.
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