​Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has insisted nobody will want to draw the Reds in the Champions League last 16 as they now have the respect they deserve in Europe.


Jürgen Klopp's side have reached consecutive finals, winning last season against Tottenham Hotspur, and booked their place in the knockout stages this year with a 2-0 win over Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday.

Speaking to the ​Daily Mail, Robertson admitted they are one of the most feared teams in the competition, and he believes that reputation was established after they stormed to a 5-0 win over Porto in the last 16 back in 2018.


"That is the atmosphere we have created in the last two years, a team which has been to the final twice and has obviously lost one and won one and we are respected in this tournament," said Robertson.


"Maybe the first season when we went to the final, I don't think we were really respected until maybe after the last 16 when we went to Porto and washed them away. We did not get the respect we deserved. Now, we know we are respected in Europe. No-one will want us.

FC Porto v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg

"But everyone who gets into the last 16 will fancy themselves. It is the toughest tournament. The teams you come up against are outstanding. Everyone is confident. And when it gets to the last 16 you get to the nitty gritty bits.


"Last year - and the year before - we were excellent in the knockout stages and we controlled games but we know that now we are the champions, everyone wants to beat us. That is what we have to deal with and hopefully we can deal with it. We will worry about that when the time comes."


However, despite his confidence, Robertson insisted ​Liverpool will not take anything for granted as a few poor performances could see them lose that reputation.

Jurgen Klopp,Andy Robertson

"We don't think about it like that," he added. "We respect every opponent we play but we know the way we have done things in the last two years and nobody wants to play against us and that is clear - but it is up to us to keep proving that.


"We cannot rely on that and we need to keep proving why people don't want to play against us but so far, we have done that. We know it will be tough regardless but we look forward to the challenge as we want to go far in this tournament again."


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