Liverpool find out their UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final opponents with the draw later today. Here we rank who we’d like the Reds to face, going from the team we’d most like to the team we hope to avoid.
Who we want: FC Porto
Porto are, objectively, the weakest team left in the competition. They come from the weakest league in Liga Nos, where they’re 10 points off leaders Sporting.
Liverpool aren’t in a position to feel invincible against any opponent and Porto represent their best shot at progression.
Yes, Erling Haaland is scary. No, Dortmund aren’t that good.
They scraped past Sevilla and sit 5th in the Bundesliga. They’re 12 points behind RB Leipzig, in fact, the team Liverpool just comfortably beat.
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If the Reds get them in the next round, we’d more than fancy our chances.
La Liga doesn’t look too strong this year, for once. Real, who are 3rd in the table, maybe aren’t such a big threat.
They certainly lack the terrifying superstars of recent years. We’d also back Liverpool’s counter-attacking plan to get the better of them.
They’re a level above the other two but we’d have them third on this list.
Two months ago, Chelsea would have been first on this list. Instead, they’ve hit some fantastic form under Thomas Tuchel.
It doesn’t put them on the level of the three remaining teams, though. We’d still back Liverpool to get through and this wouldn’t be a nightmare draw by any means.
Undoubtedly a tough one, though.
Now we’re into the scarier ones. PSG are undoubtedly a great team with formidable players.
We don’t quite have them at the level of the final two, but they’re a tougher proposition than Chelsea, certainly. Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are two players who would really trouble Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak – as if that needed saying.
They’re on for the quadruple and thumped us at Anfield recently. We’d rather avoid them right now.
Look, City are a sensational side and in much better shape than Liverpool right now. Keeping them off top spot is just one thing, really – mentality.
We wonder if they have a hang up in this competition. They’ve never won it, after all, or even reached a final. It feels as though they hit a block at some point every season.
Add that to their recent derby defeat and they look beatable. More so than no.1, anyway.
We want to avoid: Bayern Munich
They’re the reigning champions and a truly elite side. The thought of Roberto Lewandowski playing against Phillips and Kabak isn’t great, either, to be honest.
Bayern are the team to beat. Top of the Bundesliga, comfortable in Europe, and a proven, winning team.
Out of everyone, they’re the team we most hope Liverpool avoid in the Champions League quarter-final draw today.