Liverpool will probably be reunited with some acquainted faces if they’re to clinch a seventh European Cup this season.
Standing within the Reds’ approach of development at every step of the best way are a number of former Manchester City stars, who might do their former employers an enormous favour by halting Jurgen Klopp’s quadruple-chasing aspect of their tracks.
Up first for the Reds are Benfica, whose defensive unit options Nicolas Otamendi. The 34-year-old Argentinian joined the Sky Blues in the summertime of 2015 and competed in opposition to Klopp’s males on a complete of 11 events, successful 5, drawing one and dropping 5 of those conferences. He made the transfer to the Portuguese top-flight in 2020 after a profitable spell in England.
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Liverpool are the favourites to progress previous the Eagles, which might arrange a subsequent tie with both Bayern Munich or Villarreal within the semi-finals of the competitors. Ought to the underdogs, Villarreal, recreate their Spherical of 16 heroics to knock out the German giants, Geronimo Rulli would be the goalkeeper trying to maintain the Reds’ ahead line at bay.
Rulli was signed by City from Uruguayan aspect Deportivo Maldonado forward of the 2016/17 marketing campaign, although was shortly loaned out to Actual Sociedad on mortgage and signed completely in January 2017. The Argentine did not make a single first-team look for Pep Guardiola’s aspect previous to his sale. The 29-year-old later joined Villarreal in 2020 and has made 35 appearances in all competitions for the Spanish aspect this time period.
If Bayern are the aspect to progress, Leroy Sane would be the former City consultant with the potential to inflict harm on Liverpool’s European hopes. The German winger was a relentless thorn in Liverpool’s aspect all through his time in England, along with his most notable contribution arriving within the kind a successful purpose throughout a decisive 2-1 victory over the Reds as the 2 sides battled it out for title glory in 2018/19.
Away from Manchester, there are many ex-Premier League gamers left in Europe’s elite competitors throughout the ranks of the remaining 5 international groups. Actual Madrid’s squad options two former Chelsea fan-favourites in Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, two from Tottenham Hotspur (Gareth Bale, Luka Modric) in addition to earlier Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos.
At Villarreal, Alberto Moreno is one title that may stand out to Liverpool followers after his time on Merseyside. The identical applies for Luis Suarez at Atletico Madrid, whose Anfield keep will definitely not be forgotten in a rush.
Beneath is a full record of the opposite stars to have graced the English top-flight and stay within the working for silverware in Europe’s elite competitors.
Atletico Madrid: Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Stefan Savic (Man City).
Bayern Munich: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke City), Leroy Sane (Man City), Serge Gnabry (Arsenal, West Brom).
Benfica: Adel Taarabt (QPR), Jan Vertonghen (Spurs), Joao Mario (West Ham), Nicolas Otamendi (Man City).
Actual Madrid: Dani Ceballos (Arsenal), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Gareth Bale (Spurs), Luka Modric (Spurs), Thibaut Courtois (Actual Madrid).
Villarreal: Alberto Moreno (Liverpool), Arnaut Danjuma (Bournemouth), Etienne Capoue (Spurs, Watford), Francis Coquelin (Arsenal), Serge Aurier (Spurs).