Champions League Last-16 Draw: Liverpool, Tottenham & Man Utd Given Tough Tasks

Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool England Sunday Dec. 16 2018

With the group stage behind us, the round of 16 draw on Monday produced eight very interesting ties.

Holders Real Madrid will face Ajax as the Spaniards attempt to lift the trophy for the fifth time in six seasons, while Lionel Messi and Barcelona play Lyon.

It was out of Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Juventus.

Their four victories and two draws stack up much more favourably against Liverpool's three wins and three defeats so far in the competition, but domestically however the Reds have been far superior.

Jurgen Klopp's side managed to finish as runners-up in Group C behind Paris Saint-Germain and ahead of Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.

"It's always hard to play Manchester United", said PSG boss Thomas Tuchel.

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski left celebrates after scoring his side's 4th goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hannover 96 and FC Bayern Munich in Hannover Germany Saturday Dec. 15 2018
Champions League Last-16 Draw: Liverpool, Tottenham & Man Utd Given Tough Tasks

"They are doing very well - top of the league in Germany - and I think we'll face a different team from the one from the last couple of years. I have a general idea, there are some players that we know, but we have to prepare well", Valverde told his club's media channel. The Reds reached the final past year and they've only gotten better as a team since then. Jose Mouriho's side have now been drawn to face PSG in the next stage of the competition and it will be a big task for United to reach the quarter finals.

Liverpool weren't much better, losing all three away games and this could come to trip them up in the knockout stages.

Manchester City and Schalke have played each other only once, City winning 2-0 in the Europa League back in 2008.

"Difficult. Good draw." Klopp said.

They will meet Lyon in France on February 19 before hosting the return leg in Spain the following month. "Looking forward to it".

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