Actual Madrid will face Liverpool for the fourth time in six seasons within the Champions League final 16
Liverpool have drawn holders Actual Madrid within the final 16 of the Champions League in a repeat of final season’s closing.
Fourteen-time winners Actual Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in final 12 months’s closing in Paris because of a purpose from Vinicius Junior within the 59th minute.
Premier League champions Manchester Metropolis face German facet RB Leipzig, whereas Tottenham play Italian giants AC Milan.
Chelsea even have German opposition in Borussia Dortmund.
Elsewhere, French champions Paris St-Germain have drawn Bayern Munich.
The last-16 first legs will happen on 14-15 and 21-22 February, with the second legs on 7-8 and 14-15 March.
Full last-16 draw:
RB Leipzig v Manchester Metropolis
Membership Bruges v Benfica
Liverpool v Actual Madrid
AC Milan v Tottenham
Frankfurt v Napoli
Borussia Dortmund v Chelsea
Inter Milan v Porto
Paris St-Germain v Bayern Munich
A historic rivalry meets once more
It’s the fourth time in six seasons that six-time winners Liverpool have taken on Actual Madrid within the Champions League.
Two of these events have been in finals, with Actual Madrid successful each in 2017-18 and 2021-22.
The Spanish champions additionally knocked Liverpool out within the quarter-finals within the 2020-21 season.
Jurgen Klopp’s facet have been in three of the final 5 European finals, together with final season’s in Paris, and solely AC Milan and Actual Madrid have received the competitors extra occasions.
The organisation of the Reds’ closing defeat in Paris was later described as “an abject failure” by European soccer’s ruling physique Uefa after followers had been robbed and tear-gassed outdoors the Stade de France and kick-off was delayed by 36 minutes.
Greater than 480 testimonies by supporters and journalists on the 28 Might closing had been examined by an impartial panel, which included Professor Phil Scraton, who beforehand led a report into the 1989 Hillsborough stadium catastrophe.
Within the 2018 closing, Gareth Bale scored a sensational purpose as Actual Madrid received their third successive Champions League title with a 3-1 win over Liverpool.
Former Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton on BBC Radio 5 Reside
Once you end second within the group, you permit your self open to getting one of many massive groups and Liverpool have definitely achieved that.
There is not any doubt that Actual Madrid are their bogey facet.
Trying on the two groups this season, Actual Madrid are in higher kind. They’re unbeaten within the league and certified from the group phases comfortably sufficient. Liverpool will hopefully be in a greater place come February.
They’re going to have a few of their injured gamers again and so they’ll be a lot better for the break that’s coming.
Man Metropolis favourites to win first European crownManchester Metropolis reached the semi-finals of the competitors final season
English champions Metropolis are nonetheless but to win the Champions League however are favourites to go all the best way on this season’s competitors.
They reached the ultimate in 2020-21 however misplaced 1-0 to Chelsea earlier than being knocked out by Actual Madrid within the semi-finals final 12 months, regardless of being two objectives forward on mixture going into the ninetieth minute.
Their last-16 opponents RB Leipzig didn’t progress from the group phases final season and so they presently sit sixth within the German Bundesliga desk.
Two-time champions Chelsea additionally misplaced to Actual Madrid final season within the quarter-finals, whereas opponents Borussia Dortmund haven’t gone additional than the final eight since reaching the 2012-13 closing beneath former boss Klopp.
England midfielder Jude Bellingham, who captained Borussia Dortmund of their group-stage win over Sevilla, will face a number of internationals team-mates at Chelsea.
Tottenham, who misplaced to Liverpool within the 2018-19 closing in Madrid, will tackle seven-time European champions AC Milan for the primary time in 11 years.
It’s a return to Italy for supervisor Antonio Conte, who managed AC Milan rivals Inter between 2019 and 2021 earlier than becoming a member of Spurs.
Paris St-Germain haven’t misplaced a aggressive recreation since March and are bidding for a primary European crown with stars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe a part of the squad.
Italy’s Serie A leaders Napoli tackle Frankfurt with their solely defeat up to now this season coming within the closing group-stage match in opposition to Liverpool.
Portuguese facet Benfica, who face Membership Bruges, went via as group winners after an injury-time sixth purpose over Maccabi Haifa moved them stage with Paris St-Germain in all eventualities and so they took prime spot by scoring extra away objectives within the group.