Liverpool’s second-placed finish in Group A means they will face a side who won their group, with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto or Benfica their possible opponents.
The Reds have an interesting recent history with all of those clubs for various reasons.
Real Madrid, of course, are the side that beat Liverpool to the trophy last season, with the two sides also meeting in 2018 final.
The question is, then, who would be Liverpool’s ideal opponents?
Liverpool now can’t face PSG in the next round. Good work, Benfica.
*awaits Liverpool’s 6-1 defeat to Benfica on aggregate*
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) November 2, 2022
Due to limitations on who other teams can face (can't face opposition from their own country or teams from their qualification group) there's almost a 40% chance LFC could face Bayern next. https://t.co/hmYIlmGClK
— Red (@TaintlessRed) November 2, 2022
Benfica or Porto on Monday, please.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) November 2, 2022
Will Liverpool get Bayern or Benfica? Bound to be one of them #narrative
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) November 2, 2022
That’s errr quite some difference ?
Quite clearly getting Bayern though. The Mane reunion is so obvious. https://t.co/MKC928gCME
— LFC Stats (@LFCData) November 2, 2022
Bayern Munich. Sadio returning. It’s inevitable…. https://t.co/3CJJTrhB22
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) November 1, 2022
Reunion with Nunez please
— simeonè Akikayo (@Siibillion) November 2, 2022
Nailed on we get Bayern in the round of 16. Mane coming back is a big storyline
— Archie (@ArchiieLFC) November 2, 2022
Just about guaranteed Porto.
— Gill (@gilligansyle) November 3, 2022
We could meet Benfica or Porto pic.twitter.com/xJ0QlP7ZqC
— ? (@CrimsonLFC) November 2, 2022
Porto I wanna run to you https://t.co/hDp6NOvHJY
— K. (@KayethenLFC) November 2, 2022
As mentioned above, the calculations suggest Bayern are the team Liverpool are most likely to meet in the next stage of the competition.
The Bundesliga champions are the only side to have won all six of their group matches in this season’s competition.
A potentially tricky last 16 meeting, but if Klopp’s side have aspirations to win this competition, they’ll need to go up against the best at some point!