Liverpool's team celebrates after the UEFA Champions League Group E soccer match between RB Salzburg and Liverpool FC on December 10, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)
Liverpool return to the scene of their Champions League triumph when they visit Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday.
Liverpool are aiming for a first Premier League title in 30 years after losing only two points throughout the season, and will likely be crowned English champions before the Champions League quarter-finals in early April.
Liverpool remain on their way to a possible five-trophy move this season. You have already won the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup and are used to reaching the European final under Klopp.
The German coached three in four seasons in Anfield and lost the 2016 Europa League final to Sevilla and two years later to Real Madrid before crossing the line last year against Tottenham in the Spanish capital.
"I have no idea if we can win the Champions League again, but we should be ready to try," said Klopp. "What I know and what we showed last year is that we can beat the best."
In its current form, Atletico are hardly up to the owners.
For the first time in over eight years, Diego Simeone's future was questioned as Los Rojiblancos lagged far behind the pace in the league and was struggling to qualify for the next season's Champions League.
A chronic battle for goals has hampered Simeone's team throughout the season.
Joao Felix has not met his price of 126 million euros (138 million US dollars), and the Portuguese child prodigy is in doubt for the first leg on Tuesday.
In contrast, Liverpool has hit the money with almost every major signing in recent years.
With Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, they have built a team that can not only win but also keep the Champions League.
Simeone's Atletico teams, who came close to winning the competition after losing two finals against rival Real in 2014 and 2016, built on the most miserable defense.
But even the Argentinian would be impressed by Liverpool's run to win their last 11 league games with a combined result of 24-1.
Now or never for Guardiola's city
No other side on the entire continent looks so balanced and balanced that it penetrates into the last stages.
Manchester City's impressive two-season ban on UEFA's competition on Friday means it could be now or never if the English champions ever conquer Europe with Pep Guardiola.
However, in the last 16 City has met a rejuvenated Real Madrid, which has shot unbeaten in 14 games to the top of the league.
Zinedine Zidane has revived the Spanish giants in his second term and has yet to lose a tie in the Champions League after winning the competition in his last three seasons in charge.
Paris Saint-Germain begins his search for three years of heartache in the last 16 phases on Tuesday, when he visits Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund has the firepower to cause his former coach Thomas Tuchel more pain in the Champions League. Erling Braut Haaland, who has already scored eight goals in the competition this season as a Red Bull Salzburg player.
Barcelona lurches from one institutional crisis to another and has a new coach, Quique Setien, who has no experience in the Champions League for a tricky game against Napoli.
The success or failure of the Juventus season is also judged by winning the Champions League for the first time in 24 years.
A friendly draw against Lyon in the last knockout round should give Maurizio Sarri more time to make the Italian champions potential European conquerors, but big questions are already being asked about Sarri's suitability for this goal as Juve fights to Inter Milan and Lazio to maintain their domestic dominance in Italy.
Bayern Munich's influence on the Bundesliga will also be questioned this season, but the German giants will be confident of taking revenge for the loss of the 2012 Champions League final on home soil against Chelsea, who is only four of his last Has won 13 Premier League games.
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