Liverpool’s next Champions League opponent clarified ahead of quarter-final draw
Liverpool will soon find out who they will face in the Champions League quarter-final as the first knockout round draws to a close.
The Reds won in the round of 16 with a 2-1 aggregate success against Italian champions Inter Milan last Tuesday.
It is the fourth time in the past five years that Liverpool have reached the last eight of Europe’s premier knockout competition, the 17th time overall.
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And the six-time winners – who last triumphed with Jurgen Klopp in charge in 2019 – are now waiting to find their way to the final, which takes place on Saturday May 28 at the Stade de France in Paris.
When is the draw?
The draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals will take place in Nyon, Switzerland, on Friday at 11 a.m. It will be broadcast live on BT Sport and on both the BT Sport website and the UEFA website.
The designated ‘home’ team for the final in Paris will also be determined, making this the final draw for this season’s competition.
What are the rules?
From the quarter-finals, there is no longer a seed or national protection in the Champions League. This means Liverpool could be paired with another Premier League side or could face Atletico Madrid, despite playing them in the group stage.
The only concession is that teams from the same city will not be scheduled to play at home on the same day or on consecutive days. That could happen with two Madrid sides having progressed which would see Atletico see their fixtures reversed as the lowest-ranked team domestically this term.
Who has already passed?
On the same night Liverpool progressed, Bayern Munich won by thrashing Red Bull Salzburg 7-1 at home after being held 1-1 in the first leg.
They were joined the following night by Manchester City, who drew 0-0 in their second leg at home to Sporting Lisbon after winning 5-0 in Portugal three weeks ago, and Real Madrid , who beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in remarkable fashion after losing 1-0 to France in the first leg.
On Tuesday, Manchester United fell after being beaten 1-0 at home by Atletico Madrid after a 1-1 draw in Spain, while Benfica won 1-0 at Ajax to qualify after one game 2-2 draw in the first leg in Lisbon. .
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Who else has a chance?
The two remaining meetings will take place on Wednesday evening. Juventus are at home to Villarreal with sides locked together at 1-1, while European champions Chelsea will be hoping to finish the job at Lille after winning 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.