The road to Istanbul just became interesting for the Scousers as Liverpool are set to meet Real Madrid in February.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: A rematch of last Champions League Final
There is not a shred of doubt that last season Liverpool were on a roll. The Reds have played every match they could possibly play. And the Scousers have came very close to the quadruple. But things didn’t really come their way as they lost the Champions League final against Real Madrid and they came up short to Manchester City on the last day of the Premier League.
However, no one can take away anything from Klopp’s troops as reaching that stage was a big achievement in itself. Props to Jurgen Klopp and the Reds for playing with that intensity. It was that period where teams would literally question themselves to face Liverpool at Anfield.
The round-of-16 draw put Liverpool against Real Madrid. And the fans get to enjoy the last campaign’s final once again. Although many Reds fans were hoping to not collide with either Madrid or Munich.
What happened last time?
After a night marred by issues outside the stadium that caused the kickoff to be delayed by more than 30 minutes, Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League final on Saturday in Paris to become kings of Europe for a record-extending 14th time. Vinicius Junior scored the game’s only goal.
In the 59th minute at the Stade de France, Brazilian winger Vinicius turned in Fede Valverde’s alluring low cross. Jurgen Klopp’s team were unable to produce an equalizer and fell to the Spanish powerhouses in a Champions League final for the second time in five years.
Tune in to Champions League in February
More than 15 weeks after the group stage has ended, the last 16 will be contested over two legs in early 2023. It is planned to play the opening leg on either 14/15 or 21/22. The second leg is supposed to occur on either 7/8 or 14/15.
As they are susceptible to change, it is advised to treat these dates with caution.