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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expects tough Champions League last-16 draw as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus lurk

  • Liverpool thrashed Spartak Moscow to book Champions League last-16 spot
  • Although the Reds topped their group, a potentially tricky draw could await
  • Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus among potential last-16 opponents
  • Manager Jurgen Klopp called the situation 'quite special'  

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not expecting to be happy with his draw for the last 16 of the Champions League because of the way the group stages have panned out.

However, he does not think there will be many teams relishing the prospect of facing his side after their 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow.

That victory ensured the Reds topped Group E, avoiding the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Roma but Liverpool could still get Bayern Munich, Juventus or Real Madrid in Monday's draw and that is why Klopp is wary.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is wary of a tricky draw in the Champions League last-16

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is wary of a tricky draw in the Champions League last-16

A delighted Klopp hugs hat-trick hero Philippe Coutinho after their 7-0 thrashing of Spartak

A delighted Klopp hugs hat-trick hero Philippe Coutinho after their 7-0 thrashing of Spartak

Philippe Coutinho (centre) celebrates his hat-trick goal with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino

'We knew if we won we would top the group so that's not the biggest surprise but I think it's strange this year in the group stages,' he said.

'There are a lot of really strong teams. This year is quite special. Not often you can face Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, but Juventus and all the others.

'Antonio Conte (Chelsea manager) said there are no easy opponents and I don't think anyone is happy when they get us in the draw.

'We will not be happy when we see who we face in the next round, but we will ready.'

Liverpool have scored 23 Champions League goals this season, their best in the group stage of the competition and second in the all-time list behind PSG's 25 in the current campaign.

Philippe Coutinho (centre) celebrates his hat-trick goal with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino

Philippe Coutinho (centre) celebrates his hat-trick goal with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino

Coutinho's hat-trick ensured Liverpool progressed to the last-16 as winners of their group

Coutinho's hat-trick ensured Liverpool progressed to the last-16 as winners of their group

Although Liverpool topped Group E ahead of Sevilla, they could face a tough draw 

Although Liverpool topped Group E ahead of Sevilla, they could face a tough draw 

Liverpool fixtures 

All Premier League

Sunday Everton (H)

December 13 West Brom (H)

December 17 Bournemouth (A)

December 22 Arsenal (A)

December 26 Swansea City (H)

December 30 Leicester City (H) 

Philippe Coutinho scored his first hat-trick for the club with Sadio Mane (two), Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah completing the rout in a performance which will give knockout phase opponents something to think about.

'If we perform like this then it is obviously a threat, 100 per cent,' added Klopp.

'It was not easy. I was with my assistants when it was 6-0 and (we were) looking at each other thinking 'Wow how did that happen?'

'Even when it was 3-0, 4-0, 5-0 they still played football, they still had their moments, still had scoring situations.

'We had to play exactly the level we played to beat them. Then because of the development of the game, it was a higher result.

'It is one of the better ones (performances). I don't care (if it is the best), I can easily enjoy a game like this without thinking about when did I see a game like this already.'

 

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