Andy Robertson believes ‘no-one’ will want to draw Liverpool in the Champions League knock-out stages after the holders secured their qualification to the latter stages this week.
Liverpool‘s 2-0 victory at RB Salzburg on Tuesday night secured their passage to the next round as group winners, and the club will now await their opponents for the last-16 ahead of Monday’s draw.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side have reached back-to-back finals over the past two seasons and are yet to lose a two-legged knock-out tie under the German’s management, and Robertson believes their previous will make them a team everyone wants to avoid when the draw for the next round is made.
“That is the atmosphere we have created in the last two years, a team which has been to the final twice and has obviously lost one and won one and we are respected in this tournament,” he said.
“Maybe the first season when we went to the final, I don’t think we were really respected until maybe after the last 16 when we went to Porto and washed them away. We did not get the respect we deserved.
“Now, we know we are respected in Europe. No-one will want us.”
One team who are seemingly looking forward to playing Liverpool is Real Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane joking that he wants to ‘eliminate’ the Premier League leaders should they be paired together in the knockout stages.
When is the Champions League last 16 draw?
The draw for the Champions League last 16 takes place in Nyon, Switzerland at 11:00 GMT on Monday, December 16th, 2019.
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