Three Premier League teams facing German opposition in Champions League last 16

The stage is set for the Champions League round of 16 draws on Monday, December 17, slated for Nyon, Switzerland.

Asked if having a German in the Liverpool dugout for the last 16 tie would be a benefit, Rush said: "Yes, it'll be an advantage".

Also, three-time defending champion Real Madrid will first play at Ajax, while Barcelona was drawn with Lyon.

The Reds will be hoping to go one step further than they managed last season, but to do so they'll have to get past another of Europe's behemoths.

Bayern Munich will have a break during the winter period, which has sparked fears among Liverpool fans that they will be fresher. It's nice. It's obviously long ago that I played Bayern in a competitive game, so I'm really looking forward to it.

Atletico Madrid will take on Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur will meet Borussia Dortmund in two absorbing ties.

It's fair to say we have some huge matches to look forward to in February and March next year.

Bayern are a formidable team, with some incredible players, but the feeling for this season is that a few are past their prime and the new additions haven't made the step-up required.

Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain said on the club's social media: "This competition is getting hard".

The seeded group winners will play away from home for the first-leg matches. Schalke is in 13th place in the Bundesliga.

On whether the fact Bayern have a winter break could influence the tie...

They won their Champions League group and will face Spurs next year, with the first leg in England on February 13, before the sides square off at the Westfalenstadion on March 5.

'Juventus have strengthened with the signing of Ronaldo but we have good players too'.

Perhaps the most memorable occasion of all came a decade later though, as the two met in the European Cup semi-final.

  • Angelo Rivera