Who could Liverpool play in the Champions League last 16? Potential next round opponents revealed
Liverpool made history as they finished top of their Champions League group with a 100% record and will be eager to see which of six possible clubs they will face in the knockout stage.
The Reds went to Italy and handed the Rossoneri a 2-1 defeat - thanks to goals from Mo Salah and Divock Origi - to knock their hosts out of the competition and to become the first English side in history to win all six games in a Champions League group stage.
Liverpool’s historic run of victories:
Liverpool 3-2 AC Milan
Porto 1-5 Liverpool
Atletico Madrid 2-3 Liverpool
Liverpool 2-0 Atletico Madrid
Liverpool 2-0 Porto
AC Milan 1-2 Liverpool
Attention now turns to the draw for the next phase of the Champions League and who the Reds could face in the last-16.
How does the draw work?
Having finished first in Group B, Liverpool will be paired against a team who have finished second in another Champions League group.
However, UEFA rules dictate sides cannot be drawn against opposition who were in the same group, or clubs from the same country.
The latter is significant as Chelsea finished second in Group H, meaning there are only six potential opponents left for Liverpool in the last 16.
As always, the clubs paired together will play each other over two legs, but for the first time this season the away goals rule will not be utilised in the competition.
Who could Liverpool face?
There are seven sides the Reds could face in the last-16:
- Paris Saint-Germain - Group A runner-up
- Sporting Lisbon - Group C runners-up
- Inter Milan - Group D runners-up
- Benfica - Group E runners-up
- Villarreal - Group F runners-up
- RB Salzburg - Group G runners-up
Liverpool can’t face Atletico Madrid as the Spanish side were runners up in the same Group B as the Reds and Klopp’s men can’t be drawn against Group H runners up Chelsea as they are a fellow Premier League side.
When is the draw?
The last-16 draw will take place on Monday, 13 December, at 11:00 UK time. As usual, the proceedings will be conducted at UEFA’s Nyon headquarters in Switzerland.
The last-16 matches will be spread out across February and March, beginning on 15 February and ending on 16 March.