Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson in action during their Champions League Group E match against Salzburg in Salzburg on Tuesday. Reuters
Defending champions Liverpool will be the team others want to avoid when the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is held on Monday, left back Andy Robertson has said.
Liverpool reached the knockout stages as group winners with a 2-0 victory at Salzburg on Tuesday, and could be drawn against Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Atalanta or Olympique Lyon.
Juergen Klopp’s team have made the final of Europe’s elite club competition two years in a row, finishing runners-up to Real in 2017-18 and beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to win their first trophy under the German in Madrid last season.
“We’re respected in this tournament. The way we’ve done things in the last two years, nobody wants to play against us,” Robertson said.
“That’s the atmosphere we’ve created, a team which has been to the final twice and has lost one and won one.
“Maybe the first season when we went to the final... we did not get the respect we deserved. Now we know we are respected in Europe. No one will want us.”
“We’ll wait... and see who we get,” Robertson added. “We know it’ll be tough, regardless, but we look forward to the challenge as we want to go far in this tournament again.
“We know that now we’re the champions everyone wants to beat us.”
Teams that have qualified:
Seeded teams: Barcelona (ESP), Bayern Munich (GER), Juventus (ITA), RB Leipzig (GER), Liverpool (ENG, defending champions), Manchester City (ENG), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) and Valencia (ESP)
Unseeded teams: Atalanta (ITA), Atlético Madrid (ESP), Chelsea (ENG), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Lyon (FRA), Napoli (ITA), Real Madrid (ESP) and Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
VAR denied Manchester City a win against Tottenham for the second time in four months as the visitors secured a 2-2 draw at the Etihad on Saturday despite being largely outclassed by the Premier League champions.
Liverpool recovered from back-to-back defeats and conceding the opening goal on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth to move to within three wins of ending a 30-year wait for the Premier League title.
Bayern Munich are hoping Champions League success can convince Thiago Alcantara and David Alaba, who are stalling over extensions, to stay.
Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed his second consecutive fifty and Ravindra Jadeja hit an 11-ball 31 as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) dented Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) hopes of play-offs’ qualification with a six-wicket victory in Dubai on Thursday.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will look to add to their winning momentum and boost their chances of making it to the play-offs when they take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in a crucial IPL clash on Friday.
To win the targeted trophy, a team must feature in the top four of the IPL 2020 points table.
Surya Kumar Yadav hit a scintillating fifty after Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets as a ruthless Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by five wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Wednesday.