Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has jokingly suggested he has inside knowledge on who Liverpool will be drawn against in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The Reds secured their place in the last 16 with a 7-0 thrashing of Russian outlet Spartak Moscow and could be drawn against the current champions of Italy, Germany or Spain in the next round.
Given how often he was drawn with them whilst at Borussia Dortmund, Klopp is already making preparations to face Real Madrid in the next round.
Speaking to BT Sport about the next round, he laughed and said: “I don’t mind too much. Usually I always get Real Madrid.
“If it’s possible, I always play Real Madrid, so we will see what happens this time.
“But we have no preference for opponent. We are just happy to go to the next round and we’re still in the competition and when the next year starts it will be really nice.
“We are not afraid of any team”
“After a long time, showing up, Liverpool is here again. I love this kind of news.”
In his final year as Dortmund boss, Klopp was eliminated by Juventus, another team Liverpool could potentially face, and in the two years previous he was drawn against Real Madrid, with Dortmund progressing in 2012/13 and Real a year later.
On Wednesday, Philippe Coutinho, who captained the side, scored a hat-trick alongside a Sadio Mane brace and goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, with Klopp being delighted with his side’s performance.
“Nobody could imagine that the night would go like this,” Klopp continued, “It was an all or nothing game for both teams, that was clear.
“Spartak are a really good side. I know people may not think it after this.
“We opened the game in a perfect way, played the right passes in behind, got the penalty and from this moment on didn’t have to defend anymore. So, it was a nice night at Anfield.”