Liverpool to face Porto in Champions League quarter-finals

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The quarterfinal draw of UEFA Champions League 2018/19 season was recently made and it threw up some interesting match-ups our way.

If the reds go through they will face Barcelona or Man Utd in the semi final.

Last year's beaten finalists Liverpool will play Porto and Ajax will face Juventus in the other ties.

And if United can progress, it could mean a fierce rivalry in the semi-finals if Liverpool also beat Porto.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was delighted by the draw, telling Sky Sports News: "I'd prefer being at home for the second leg but I'm extremely happy".

The final teams drawn were Tottenham Hostpur and Manchester City.

"Should both clubs be drawn within the same sequence [home or away], the team having finished lower in the domestic league the previous season - in this case United - will be reversed in accordance with the UEFA Club Competitions Committee principles". The Champions League draw has opened up for them.

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The first leg against Porto will take place on Tuesday 9 April at Anfield.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique also played in the two finals against Man United, where he spent four years early in his career.

In Liverpool's next appearance at this stage of the competition they edged out Juventus, then Chelsea in the semi-finals, before THAT famous comeback victory over AC Milan in the 2004/05 Final.

Jurgen Klopp's side, fresh from knocking out Bayern Munich in the last 16, will be confident of beating the Portuguese champions after defeating them 5-0 on aggregate in the last 16 on their way to the final last season.

The second leg will be at the Estadio do Dragao and will take place on Wednesday 17 April. Ajax won in 1973, the third of their four European titles, and Juventus won their second title in 1996. "I think it's the best league in the world now, the Premier League".

Manchester United face a daunting tie against Barcelona, although caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will enjoy another trip to the Nou Camp, where he scored the victor in United's Champions League final win over Bayern Munich in 1999.

None of the last seven matches between these clubs, hosted by Burnley, has ended as a draw, but that run could be set to end.