Roberto Firmino is adamant that Liverpool fear no side in the Champions League and would particularly relish a quarterfinal tie against a Premier League side.
The Reds confirmed safe passage to the last eight on Tuesday with a draw against Porto after beating the Portuguese outfit 5-0 in the first leg. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Bobby Firmino all notched at the Estádio do Dragão on Valentine’s Day.
With Jurgen Klopp making it clear that he and his side are already looking forward to the quarters and making progression to the semis their target, Firmino has made it just as obvious that Liverpool’s players fear no-one.
“Yes, we’d like a draw against an English club,” Firmino said.
He continued: “Why not? We have shown in the past few seasons we can beat all the English clubs. Our record is good against them.
“We feel we have played well against the top English club. We are not afraid of anyone in the draw.
“We are not concerned who we get, we don’t mind. A top Spanish club? We are not afraid. I don’t think we have anything to fear from any side now.
“If you are in the draw then you cannot be afraid of anyone. We feel we can beat any side on our day. I think we are a team who will cause problems to others.”
Liverpool have an outstanding record against the top sides in the Premier League since Jurgen Klopp took over at the club and there’s a school of thought that this habit of beating the big boys could translate well into the Champions League knockouts.
And Firmino backs this up by saying: “We are a good team, we can play against the big Spanish teams and we feel we can be a match for them. You have to play against the big teams.”
As we discussed yesterday, the draw for the quarterfinals will take place live at UEFA’s HQ in Switzerland on Friday 16 March at 11 am GMT.