A report out of Spain has sensationally claimed Barcelona and Real Madrid had one objective heading into Monday’s Champions League draw – to avoid Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds boast a glowing reputation in Europe on the back of their remarkable road to the final in Kiev last season.
The addition of a much-improved defence to an attacking force recognised as one of the world’s deadliest has seen Liverpool retain their threat this campaign.
La Liga’s two giants were granted their wish on this occasion, with Bayern Munich set to take on familiar foe Klopp in the last 16 of the competition.
Explaining the fear out of Spain, a beIN SPORTS reporter said: “In Spain, every single fan, every single newspaper and every single member of the Barcelona squad and the Real Madrid squad they had one objective – to avoid Liverpool in the last-16 round.”
“And they still don’t want to face Liverpool in the next stages because they believe this is one of the strongest teams this season across Europe.”
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“They are leading the Premier League and they are in front of one of the best teams so far in Manchester City and they were the finalists last year against Real Madrid.”
Madrid may have emerged victors on a forgettable night for Liverpool back in May, but they are yet to experience Klopp’s men at their strongest.
There is a prevailing optimism that this side is more than capable of overcoming Bayern across two legs, especially having seen the German outfit fall short of its usual high standards in the Bundesliga so far this season.
It won’t just have been Spain’s big two that will have been keen to avoid a matchup with Liverpool.