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3 teams Liverpool would want to “meet” in the Champions League quarter-finals

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Liverpool are very much on course to win it all this season, as the team continues to be favorites in all competitions.

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Klopp’s men have already won the EFL cup after defeating Chelsea in an extraordinary game on penalties last month.

But there are still more to play for as the season enters its final stage.

Liverpool are currently in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and will play Nottm’ Forest after defeating Norwich City, while they are just six points behind Manchester City with a game in hand in the race for the Premier League trophy.

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In the Champions League also, the Reds have booked a place in the quarter-finals after securing a 2-1 aggregate win over Inter Milan in the round of 16.

5 Teams Liverpool Would Want To &Quot;Avoid&Quot; In The Champions League Quarter-Finals
Liverpool are through to the quarter-finals

By virtue of that result, Liverpool became one of the first teams to qualify and will be hoping to go all out to reclaim a title they won as recently as 2019 when they defeated Tottenham Hotspurs.

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But with the Champions League draw imminent, we look at the teams the Reds would want to meet in the quarter-finals of the competition.

The Champions league: Quarter-finals draw

The draw for the quarter-finals of this year’s Champions League will take place at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday, March 18.

UEFA will begin the draw at 11am with it being broadcast live on BT Sport 1, as well as being available to stream on UEFA’s website.

In addition to the quarter-final draw, UEFA will also be setting the ties for the semi-final stage as this season’s Champions League begins to enter the latter stages.

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Teams Liverpool would want to meet

Certainly, there are teams that Liverpool would want to avoid in the quarter-finals with the hope of gaining more belief and confidence for the semi-final stage of the competition.

But there are other teams the Reds would want to meet as well.

Below are the 4 teams, Liverpool would want to meet in the quarter-finals of the Champions League based on recent encounters.

3. Villarreal 

The Spanish outfit are perhaps the surprise package in the quarter-finals of this year’s competition.

Struggling on the domestic front, Unai Emery’s side drew at home to Juventus and were thus written off for the second leg on Wednesday.

3 Teams Liverpool Would Want To &Quot;Meet&Quot; In The Champions League Quarter-Finals

Villarreal however shocked the football world as they scored three times in the last 15 minutes of the game against Juventus to proceed to the next round of the competition.

Despite the inspired, Villarreal are not expected to eliminate Liverpool if they are paired in the next round of the competition.

Liverpool were victorious the last time both teams meet in Europe, with Klopp’s men securing a 3-1 aggregate win over two legs.

2. Benfica 

After drawing 2-2 with Ajax at home, Benfica stunned Ajax as the defeated side 1-0 to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Alongside Villarreal, they will be considered as underdogs for the last eight and Liverpool would want to meet them as compared to other opponents.

Liverpool already have a good record against Benfica’s rival Porto and would want to continue that if they met.

 

1. Atletico Madrid 

The Spanish team are perhaps the strongest in this category but they are certainly a team that Liverpool can defeat for a slot in the semis.

Simeone’s side defeated Manchester United 2-1 on aggregate to join the last eight this season but will be very of a potential re match with Liverpool this season.

Both teams were in the same group for this season’s group stages, with Liverpool winning all two games.

The Reds won 2-0 at home before defeating the Spanish club 2-3 in Spain to top the group.

Who can Liverpool face?

There is no country protection in the quarters onwards, meaning a potential meeting with a fellow English side after both Man City and Chelsea also qualified.

The two Madrid teams, Real and Atletico, remain in the draw, along with fellow Spaniards Villarreal after they shocked Juventus to win 3-0 on Wednesday night and 4-1 on aggregate.

Portuguese giants Benfica and Germany’s Bayern Munich round out the seven options:

Man City (ENG)
Chelsea (ENG)
Real Madrid (ESP)
Atletico Madrid (ESP)
Villarreal (ESP)
Benfica (POR)
Bayern Munich (GER)

When are the quarter-finals?

The two ties fall on either side of the meeting with Man City at the Etihad on April 10. Drawing City would mean three games in a row against Pep Guardiola’s side… and four in a row if we also drew them in the FA Cup semi-finals!

The first legs are April 5/6.
The second legs are April 12/13.

And the semi-finals?

The road to Paris continues in late April – early May.

First legs: April 26/27
Second legs: May 3/4

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