Manchester United are looking forward to the clash with FC Barcelona

Carrie Guzman
March 17, 2019

Liverpool will host two-time European Cup winners Porto at Anfield in the first leg before heading to the Estadio do Dragao in the return on April 16 or 17.

And now, as it has happened so many times before during this magical season, luck became Liverpool's lady once again as the mighty Reds drew FC Porto, a familiar foe who they absolutely vanquished in last year's tournament by an aggregate score of 5-0.

Alisson is undoubtedly the starting goalkeeper ahead of Simon Mignolet, while Klopp will stick to the defensive quartet of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson at the back.

The last time the Premier League had four teams in the quarter-finals, in 2008/09, Barcelona beat the Old Trafford side 2-0 in the final in Rome.

"For those anxious about the size of the task facing Ole and his team, remember how we were written off completely at the time of the draw with Paris Saint-Germain".

The third leg in this pack includes Manchester City for the first time as Pep Guardiola's men welcome Mauricio Pochettino to the Etihad in April. He won the treble in 1998 and scored the winning goal in stoppage time to secure a last gasp victory over Bayern Munich. The title race, on the other hand, does not, particularly one which has been record-breaking with the number of points two sides have amassed simultaneously in one campaign.

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Despite just a single point gap at the top of the standings, Manchester City remain -275 favorites to win the league while Liverpool are +225. "I think the steps are really obvious but it is still about a natural confidence".

Ajax will play Juventus, first in Amsterdam on April 10, in a rematch of two previous finals.

Last year, Cristiano Ronaldo was bought by Juventus, a team which has lost two finals in the past four years, to end that 23-year wait. "So it is nice that I will now face him for real".

The caretaker manager recognises that United had to come through similarly tight situations to win the Champions League 20 years ago, having to come back from two goals down in the away leg to defeat Juventus in the semi-final before their dramatic late recovery against Bayern.

Barcelona are on course to storm La Liga this year, as they sit top of the league, seven points clear of Atletico Madrid with a game in hand.

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