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'No team will want to face Liverpool' - Champions League draw; when, where and who could the holders be drawn against

All the details now the line-up for the last 16 teams is complete

Liverpool's brilliant midfielder Mohamed Salah will be part of a team no other will want to face in the Champions League. AFP
Liverpool's brilliant midfielder Mohamed Salah will be part of a team no other will want to face in the Champions League. AFP

Defending champions Liverpool will be the team to avoid when the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is held on Monday, claims defender Andy Robertson.

Liverpool reached the knockout stages as group winners with a 2-0 victory at Salzburg, and could be drawn against Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Atalanta or Olympique Lyon.

Jurgen Klopp's team have made the final of Europe's elite club competition two years in a row, finishing runners-up to Real in 2017-18 and beating Tottenham 2-0 to win their first trophy under the German in Madrid last season.

"We're respected in this tournament. The way we've done things in the last two years, nobody wants to play against us," Robertson said.

"That's the atmosphere we've created, a team which has been to the final twice and has lost one and won one.

"Maybe the first season when we went to the fina l... we did not get the respect we deserved. Now we know we are respected in Europe. No one will want us.

"We'll wait ... and see who we get," Robertson added. "We know it'll be tough, regardless, but we look forward to the challenge as we want to go far in this tournament again. We know that now we're the champions everyone wants to beat us."

The draw is set for 3pm in Nyon, Switzerland. Each round until the final in Istanbul will be decided over two legs and aggregate score.

The seeded teams will be deemed the home team in the second leg. The first legs will be played February 18-19 and 25-26, followed by the second legs on March 10-11 and 17-18.

Teams cannot be drawn against those they have played in the group stage, or teams from their own country in the last 16.

So Barcelona could draw Atalanta, Chelsea, Lyon, Napoli or Tottenham.

Bayern Munich can get Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Lyon, Napoli or Real Madrid.

Juventus can draw Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Real Madrid or Tottenham.

RB Leipzig could face Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid or Tottenham.

Manchester City could be drawn against Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Napoli or Real Madrid.

Paris Saint-Germain will face Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli or Tottenham.

Valencia will be up aganst Atalanta, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Napoli or Tottenham.

Updated: December 12, 2019 10:16 AM

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