Klopp explains why Liverpool duo can become Ballon d'Or contenders

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Real Madrid, Manchester City, Juventus and Liverpool closed out their ties on Tuesday and Wednesday night and will be in the pot for the next round.

"We have shown in the past few seasons we can beat all the English clubs".

"Liverpool have to take this defeat on the chin, dust themselves down and go again because they are more than good enough to secure a top four finish this season". I think Liverpool can hurt them and score against them.

"First of all, we don't need to concede the two goals in the first half; for the rest, it was hard to break them down, they sit and hope for the best on the break", the defender continued.

The German worldwide impressed in Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Porto in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Anfield as Liverpool advanced with a 5-0 aggregate win.

"If you win the title next year then everyone will know it was a good signing". We are not afraid of anyone in the draw.

"Let's see who we will get in the quarter-finals", he added. We feel we can beat any side on our day.

I think he's a bit fed up with all of the suggestions that he can't deliver in the big games but I think it has something which has been caused by something out of his control - Manchester United's tactics against the top six.

Basically Liverpool won the first leg against the same team Porto which was the away match of the Reds.

"It's not a battle of systems or philosophies, but two very good football teams that will face each other", Klopp told a news conference on Friday.

But whomever they get in next Friday's draw, which is free from geographical or group stage restrictions, will not concern them.

If he is breached then United need to change the way they play and really open up, which they don't want to do with Liverpool's counter-attack being so brilliant. "You have to play against the big teams".

As reported by Daily Mail, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has opined that the Red Devils' bitter rivals Liverpool have what it takes to go all the way in the UEFA Champions League this season.

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