Manchester City in UEFA Champions League

Manchester City in UEFA Champions League

Manchester United will play Barcelona and Liverpool will play Porto in two of the four quarterfinal matchups determined at the Champions League draw Friday at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

And Lionel Messi will still be there.

Liverpool's success this season has been down to excellent recent recruitment, with the likes of Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita and Fabinho all joining the club in the last two transfer windows. The 31-year-old Barcelona forward is also the leading scorer in this season's competition with eight goals.

Manchester United were paired with Barcelona, while Ajax will be taking on Juventus.

The draw means there will be three clashes between the sides in 10 days in April with a Premier League fixture following hot on the heels of their second leg.

Not all the memories are bad for Man United, however.

Tottenham will host City in the first leg, which could be played at Wembley Stadium or at the north London club's soon-to-be-completed new arena.

Credit PA
Credit PA

And they still remain in the hunt for three more titles - the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.

"Let's not disrespect Porto because they got to this stage for a reason, but they won't be looking forward to that tie". Back then, Liverpool won 5-0 in Portugal to start their route to the final.

"That is a good question Jeff, I literally don't know".

'We're at home, I'd like to think we'll give the fans something to go on and something for us too.

Having done away with German giants Bayern Munich, Liverpool were arguably handed the easiest assignment as they were drawn alongside Porto while Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus will take on Real Madrid conquerer's, Ajax. Ajax won in 1973, the third of their four European titles, and Juventus won their second title in 1996.

Jürgen Klopp's side have an even higher rate of reaching the semi-finals than the reigning Premier League champions, holding an 85 per cent chance of progression to the next round and 47 per cent chance of reaching the final.

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