Jamie Carragher has revealed his ideal draw for Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16.
The Reds have qualified for the Champions League round-of-16 from Group A. They finished second in Group A. The Merseyside outfit secured 15 points from six matches in Group A, but could only finish behind Napoli, who also have 15 points.
Since Liverpool qualified for round-of-16 with a second-place finish in Group A, they would ideally face one of the other seven group winners. But Liverpool’s possible opponents in the round of 16 have been narrowed down to just four.
According to Champions League rules, Liverpool cannot face Manchester City, Chelsea, or Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16 as they are from the same country. That leaves Bayern Munich, Benfica, Porto, and Real Madrid as Liverpool’s possible opponents.
Carragher has revealed he wants Liverpool to face Porto in the round of 16. He believes Liverpool always seems to have a psychological edge on Porto.
“I would want Liverpool to play Porto. We’ve played them a few times in the past and I think psychologically we always seem to have the edge on them,” Carragher said, as quoted by Liverpool Echo.
Carragher also warned Liverpool will be a difficult proposition for any side after Christmas. “I think Liverpool will be a difficult proposition for anybody after Christmas. They’re not at the races right now but I think we’ll see Liverpool back to their best.”
Liverpool have been below par in the league so far this season and far from their best. They languish at ninth in the Premier League points table with 16 points from 12 matches.
The Merseyside outfit have four wins, four draws, and four defeats in the English top flight so far this season. Liverpool are also already 15 points behind table-toppers Arsenal in the Premier League. The Gunners have 31 points from 12 matches.
Porto have sealed their place in the round-of-16 as Group B winners. The Portuguese outfit secured 12 points from six matches in Group A.
Porto secured four wins and succumbed to two defeats in Group B. They edged Club Brugge out by just one point to finish as Group B winners. Club Brugge finished second in the group, with 11 points from six matches.
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