Football | English clubs learn potential Champions League opponents

Liverpool, Manchester City, Spurs and Chelsea have learned their possible opponents for the first knockout stages of the Champions League.

All four English clubs have progressed to the last 16 of the European competition following the conclusion of the group stages on Wednesday night.

European champions Liverpool and Premier League champions City topped Group E and Group C respectively, with Spurs and Chelsea finishing second in Group B and Group H.

The Reds, who have reached back-to-back finals, can now face Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon or Atalanta in the last 16.

Jurgen Klopp’s men will be hoping to face either Lyon or Atalanta, the latter of whom qualified despite losing their first three group matches.

City could potentially face all of those teams too, apart from Serie A side Atalanta, who finished second behind Pep Guardiola’s men in Group C.

Therefore, the English champions will be drawn against one of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon or Napoli.

Spurs, who came second behind runaway leaders Bayern Munich in Group B, will take on Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, Valencia or RB Leipzig.

The North London club reached the final last year, and will be dreaming of going one better this season under new manager Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea face an identical list of opponents save for the introduction of Bayern Munich in place of Valencia, who pipped Frank Lampard’s men to top spot in Group H.

The draw for the last 16 will take place on Monday morning.