All-English showdowns in Champions League quarterfinals would be 'fantastic' - Jose Mourinho

All-English showdowns in Champions League quarterfinals would be 'fantastic' - Jose Mourinho

All-English showdowns in Champions League quarterfinals would be 'fantastic' - Jose Mourinho

Liverpool can go top of the Premier League if they win on Sunday afternoon, with leaders Manchester City not in league action until they themselves visit Fulham on March 30.

The Reds now sit second in the Premier League - one point behind Manchester City - after letting slip a five-point lead with draws against West Ham, Manchester United and Everton in recent weeks.

Fulham have lost their last six games in the league and face Liverpool at Craven Cottage on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Klopp's side turned on the style at the Allianz Arena to secured a comfortable passage to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for a second successive season, with their three away goals more than enough to see off Bayern after a tense 0-0 draw in the first leg at Anfield.

Therefore, it came as a shock to many when Jurgen Klopp's team chose to almost double the previous record, dishing out a whopping £75 million for Van Dijk - unheard-of money for a defender.

FC Barcelona in the quest for winning a treble this season, registered a thumping 5-1 win over Olympique Lyon in the 2nd Leg of the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League to book them a spot in the Quarter Finals.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will all be on Friday's quarterfinal draw.

"We want to win the two remaining competitions", said Kovac, who expects Bayern to "turn the disappointment into many wins" starting with Mainz at home. "I could write a book about his skills, about his strength, how much I like him, what a fantastic person he is", said the Reds boss of his £75million man. But in both games I think we played too defensive.

"We try to be as long as possible in the tunnel to really focus on the football game and if there is something to celebrate at the end of the season we will be the first to celebrate, but until then let's play football".

"Hopefully we'll have an influence on the title race", he said.

But Klopp isn't looking that far ahead and has warned his players that Porto will be desperate to avenge last year's thrashing.

"We have a lot to improve, we have a lot to develop, we have a lot to learn - but we are back, and I like that".

"You can't imagine how [little] I'm interested in that". Beside that, we're also good friends.

"I am blessed to have known him for 14 years". It's not just the floor that's incredibly high though, but the ceiling as well with van Dijk having finished at the top of his tier twice as many weeks (eight) than the next highest player (David Luiz and Matthew Doherty with four).

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