Michael Owen has named the three clubs Liverpool should fear in the Champions League after they progressed to the quarter-finals.
A goalless draw at home to Porto saw the Reds cruise through to the last-eight, following their 5-0 demolition of the Portuguese outfit in the first leg.
Real Madrid joined Liverpool in the hat with an impressive victory over Paris Saint-Germain, while Manchester City and Tottenham can follow suit in their home ties on Wednesday evening.
Manchester United face Sevilla next Tuesday, before Chelsea travel to the Nou Camp to try to knock Barcelona out the following day.
Owen insists the next round will be a tough ask for Liverpool whoever they draw, but believes three clubs stand out as particularly formidable opposition.
Premier League champions-elect Manchester City are not one of them, however, with Owen highlighting Liverpool’s victory over Pep Guardiola’s side in January as the reason they should not fear such a fixture.
‘It’s very hard because we don’t know who’s in there just yet,’ Owen told BT Sport. ‘They should fear Real [Madrid], Barca and Bayern, the normal suspects. ‘You wouldn’t fancy Man City but then again Liverpool beat them a few weeks ago. They wouldn’t be quaking in their boots [if they drew City], put it that way. ‘The big hitters are all there, there was a few comfortable teams in this round but the next one will be tough.’ Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, said he ‘doesn’t care’ who his side face after praising their performance in the 0-0 draw with Porto on Tuesday.
‘I don’t mind to be honest, I don’t care, you have to take it as it comes,’ he said. ‘There’s five English teams in so at one point you will meet each other if you stay in.’ Liverpool can move back up to second in the Premier League if they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Reds boast one of the most exciting attacking units in Europe and both Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand believe they can continue their Champions League journey. ‘Liverpool are a dangerous team,’ club legend Gerrard said. ‘The big improvement in Liverpool is defensively, the goalkeeper is in great form and Virgil van Dijk has made a big impact.