Would Liverpool have a chance of winning the Champions League?
At the first glance, it appears as if Liverpool would have got one of the easier routes towards the final. Had they beaten Atletico Madrid, Jurgen Klopp would have faced off against RB Leipzig.
Leipzig beat Tottenham Hotspur to get where they are, but they are without star striker Timo Werner – who sealed a move to Chelsea and landed at Stamford Bridge when the window opened.
Liverpool vs Leipzig would have been an interesting game. Both sides like to press, they like to play fast football but they do so in different formations. In many ways, Klopp vs Julian Nagelsmann would have been a real master vs apprentice type game as the two Germans clashed.
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You would have fancied the Reds’ chances of beating the Bundesliga side, although maybe if Adrian sat out that game.
Apart from that, the traditional big guns are all left in the competition. Manchester City play Real Madrid, so there’ll be a big knockout there, while you’d think Juventus will defeat Lyon (even if they’re 1-0 down) while Barcelona and Bayern Munich are backed to come through.
Atalanta will probably lose to PSG, although the French titans will be rusty having seen their domestic campaign scrapped and so the Serie A side could have a chance.
Back in the real world and Atletico will face Leipzig. It’ll be another battle of formations and Diego Simeone will look to pull off the same anti-football job as he completed over Liverpool over two legs.
We’ve seen Liverpool are good over two legs in European competitions. With a break, as well as Champions League and Premier League winning experience, this squad will have backed themselves to add to their collection of silverware.
As we saw, knockout football can be tricky to predict but the history of this side is good and we would have been confident of another Champions League win.