Firmino fearless about Liverpool's Champions League future

Doug Mendoza
March 9, 2018

Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas may have played his last Champions League game in Tuesday's goalless draw at Liverpool.

At least that's what Roberto Firmino thinks, with the Brazilian striker believing this Liverpool are a side that can beat anyone. "It's time we showed up again", Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said after his team secured a place in the last eight for the first time in nine years.

"We have shown in the past few seasons we can beat all the English clubs. We are a good team, we can play against the big Spanish teams and we feel we can be a match for them". We don't mind. We are not afraid.

So that's two English clubs through to the quarter-final and there's a case to be made that Man City and Liverpool represent the Premier League's greatest threat to Real Madrid and co.in the European competition.

And the 50-year-old insists this will also be a key factor if they are to be successful in the future.

We're halfway through the Champions League second round and thoughts are already turning to the quarter finals and who will play who.

"I think we will have a chance for sure to go to the semis".

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They have won four of their past five games including the latest draw against Porto.

The Anfield club will face Manchester United on Sunday in the Premier League, aiming to regain the second spot.

Liverpool want the player to extend his stay at Anfield but both sides have failed to reach an agreement over a release clause that his agent had been demanding.

If you are in the draw (at this stage) then you cannot be afraid of anyone.

"Liverpool want to win a trophy", he said. "I think now is the time [for him to step up]".

The visitors became the first team to stop Liverpool from scoring in this season's competition, not that Klopp minded too much."It feels good, to be honest", he said.

Liverpool are now fighting to secure Champions League football for the second successive season and they will certainly need all their players focused 100%.

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