Karius sounds out Reds warning

07 March 2018 11:09:32 EST

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius believes that the other teams reaching the Champions League quarter-finals will want to avoid the Reds in the last-eight draw.

The German was speaking after a goalless draw against FC Porto at Anfield completed a 5-0 last-16 aggregate success against the Portuguese outfit, with Karius keeping a fifth clean sheet in his last seven games.

He told the club's official website: "It doesn't really matter who the next team is; if you want to win this competition you have to come up against them eventually. We'll take it as it comes, but I don't think anyone wants us."

We'll take it as it comes, but I don't think anyone wants us.

Loris Karius

Meanwhile, Reds head coach Jurgen Klopp believes his side full deserve their place in the last eight, having last reached that stage of the competition in 2009.

He added: "I think this year we belong there, to be honest - it should not be a big surprise.

"The next round will be very difficult, I think that is clear. There are seven other very good teams that will be involved. Maybe four of them are then from England and that doesn't make it easier, to be honest.

Holders Real Madrid are the only other team confirmed as quarter-finalists alongside Liverpool, with Premier League sides Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Chelsea also still hoping to reach the last eight.

Liverpool can be backed at 5/4 to win the Champions League this season, with Manchester City priced at 12121/1 and Manchester United 12121/1.

The Merseysiders face United in a Premier League fixture at Old Trafford at lunchtime on Saturday.

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