Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has claimed Liverpool are a 'scary' prospect in the Champions League, with the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich likely to want to avoid the Reds in the last 16 of the competition.
Jurgen Klopp's side were at their devastating best at Anfield on Wednesday night as they comfortably dispatched Spartak Moscow 7-0, to secure their qualification to the next round in style after finishing top of Group E.
Liverpool have scored 23 goals in the competition to date, with only Paris Saint-Germain having scored more with 25, leaving potential European opponents fearing the prospect of drawing the rampaging Reds.
As a pundit with BT Sport, Ferdinand said, via the Daily Star: “As much as they wouldn’t want to get Real Madrid or Bayern, or Juventus maybe, those teams I’m sure will not want Liverpool to come out the hat against them.
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“Because what we’ve seen today, what we’ve seen in recent weeks, the attacking options that they have at Liverpool, they’re scary to play against.“It’s going to be a hard game for whoever gets them in the next stage.
“It’s great for the Liverpool fans and what they have got is they’ve got that cauldron at Anfield, where when they get going on a night of Champions League football it’s a hard place to go.”
With the draw for the next round taking place on Monday, Liverpool will be eagerly awaiting to see who their next opponent is in Europe after extending their unbeaten streak to nine, with Everton next in their sights to make it ten.