Manuel Neuer has made a bold claim about Liverpool’s defence after Champions League draw

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Football fans can look forward to a host of mouth-watering ties when the Champions League knockout phase gets underway in February.

Today’s round of 16 draw in Nyon didn’t disappoint, serving up Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Juventus, and Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

The last matchup is arguably the most enticing given it should provide a telling indication of whether the Merseysiders are up to repeating last season’s run to the final.

Jurgen Klopp’s side weren’t particularly convincing in Group C, with three defeats on the road glossed over by a perfect record at Anfield.

But they did just enough to beat Napoli to second spot, while PSG finished top of the pile by two points.

The Reds had to the face the music in the form of Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Real Madrid, Juventus or Bayern being their possible opponents.

Contrary to virtually any other tournament of recent years, Liverpool are probably somewhat pleased to be handed the Bavarians over one of the others.

It’s so far been a sticky domestic campaign for Bayern - who currently sit third in the Bundesliga, nine points off the pace.

However, their stuttering form hasn’t stopped Manuel Neuer from declaring his team are still odds-on to overcome the Premier League leaders.

Not only does the Germany international believe Bayern will progress, but he also appeared to take a sly dig at their “vulnerable” English counterparts.

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Neuer told the club's official website: “They're having a very good season and we know they were in the Champions League final last year.

“They certainly won't be delighted with the draw, either. 

“They can counter quickly and they're dangerous in front of goal, but they're also vulnerable, as we've seen, and they'll be up against a good Bayern attack.

“It'll be a great game both at Liverpool and also at home at the Allianz Arena.”

Considering Liverpool boast the tightest defence in the Premier League after 17 fixtures, Neuer must be referring to the seven goals in six Champions League games they’ve conceded.

Even though there’s arguably some cause for concern in that regard, the red half of Merseyside hasn’t taken kindly to his comment…

Clearly, Liverpool supporters are confident the Virgil van Dijk and co. are solid enough to keep Bayern at bay.

Or, perhaps they’re simply banking on outscoring Niko Kovac’s side.

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