Dates confirmed for Liverpool vs. Porto Champions League quarter-final tie

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And Lionel Messi will still be there.

If the Merseyside outfit do indeed qualify for the final four, they will be faced with a testing two-legged encounter with the victor of Barcelona's quarter-final clash with Manchester United. They joined Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Ajax, FC Porto, Barcelona and Juventus.

The quarter-final first-legs will be played on April 9/10 with the return legs scheduled for April 16/17.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk heads home during their win over Bayern Munich. Barcelona are the only club remaining to have won the competition in the past 10 years. @ManUtd, " Pique wrote on Twitter.

The most eye-catching of all those fixtures was the one between Barcelona and Manchester United while arguably, Liverpool have been handed the easiest opposition in the lot.

In the 2008 semifinals, United beat Barcelona before winning their third title.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself has a long and successful history in the Champions League.

The draw contained four English clubs for the first time since 2009 when Manchester United went on to reach the final in Rome. The winners of Spurs vs. Man City will host either Ajax or Juventus in the first leg of the other semi.

Yes, the two legs against Barcelona are going to be hard - no less because the first will be played at Old Trafford and the second in front of the Camp Nou faithful.

That pairing brought together the only two quarterfinalists who have never been European champion. Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick at the Allianz Stadium and will be on the hunt to win his fifth Champions League trophy in the last six years.

The UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw has laid out mouth-watering clashes on the road to the final at Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano on 1 June. "That will stand Liverpool in good stead every time they play City and this is why I believe Guardiola will be desperate to avoid another trip to Anfield in the Champions League". "I could not be further away from thinking it's the best draw because it isn't".

17 April, second legs: Manchester City v Tottenham and Porto v Liverpool. The previous stage witnessed everything a football enthusiast expects from the competition and now it only gets bigger and tougher. "So it is nice that I will now face him for real".

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