It was Madrid who triumphed in a bitter clash three years ago in Kyiv when Mohamed Salah was forced off in the early stages owing to a cynical tussle with Sergio Ramos. Loris Karius then made a dreadful error, gifting Karim Benzema the breakthrough in the second half. Mane reignited the Reds’ hopes with an equaliser but Gareth Bale then scored one of the all-time great Champions League goals to retake the lead before Karius failed again to deal with the Welshman’s long-range shot.
However, Klopp has repeatedly played down expectations for the remainder of the Reds’ season, conceding that a top-four finish is “almost impossible” and adding that injuries will likely prevent a repeat of their 2019 European glory. “You don’t usually win the Champions League itself in a year with injury worries as big as we have,” Klopp said. “Then in the worst case it will be next year: no Champions League, maybe Europa League, although that is not guaranteed either.”
Madrid have not been anywhere near their best this season, however, a sheer gulf in class and wealth proved enough to comfortably defeat Atalanta on aggregate in the round of 16.
Elsewhere, holders Bayern Munich face Paris Saint-Germain in a mouth-watering quarter-final tie, while Chelsea received a favourable draw against Porto. Favourites Manchester City will face Borussia Dortmund.
Manchester City vs Dortmund
Porto vs Chelsea
Bayern Munich vs PSG
Real Madrid vs Liverpool
Manchester City/Dortmund vs Bayern Munich vs PSG
Porto/Chelsea vs Real Madrid/Liverpool