Jurgen Klopp’s men will face the Primeira Liga champions after beating Bayern Munich in the previous round
Adrian Durham claimed Liverpool are always lucky in Europe after getting drawn against Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals.
After thrashing German champions Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena, Liverpool then were drawn against the Primeira Liga side.
Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane scored against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night With Manchester City drawing Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United ending up with a tricky tie against Barcelona, you would hard pressed to find a football fan who does not think the Reds have got a favourable draw.
However, rather than pure chance, Durham believes it is luck which has got Jurgen Klopp’s men so far in Europe.
“Liverpool are always lucky,” he claimed on Friday.
“I mean, they get Porto. Arsenal have got a harder draw in Europe than Liverpool which is incredible.
The Reds thrashed Porto in last season’s Champions League “It’s just a whole string of luck for Liverpool in Europe. Is it just me, have I read this wrong?
“Or does everybody realise Liverpool are incredibly lucky?”
A brace from Sadio Mane and a towering header from Virgil van Dijk ensured the scoreline reflected Liverpool’s dominance in Bavaria on Wednesday night.
Niko Kovac’s side had no answer to the pace and power of the Reds across the pitch. But Durham believes there was more to the result than meets the eye – fear.
The Poland international was kept quiet across both legs He continued: “And how lucky is it that against one of the best goal scorers in Europe, [Robert] Lewandowski, Liverpool in both games faced a Bayern Munich side that refused to attack.
“It was like they were under instructions not to attack! How lucky is that?
“They faced a Bayern Munich side that refused to go forward.”
After falling short at the final in Kiev last year against Real Madrid, Klopp spent big in the summer on Alisson, Fabinho and Naby Keita.
Loris Karius was in tears after last year’s Final in Kiev Should the Reds get to the final at the Wanda Metropolitano this season and collect loser’s medals yet again, it will be the third final in succession they have lost in Europe.
Not since that incredible night in 2005 has Liverpool’s name been inscribed on the famous trophy. But Durham concedes ‘luck’ may just be on their side yet again.
He added: “Do you want me to go through their string of good luck?
“In 2005 they had the ghost goal against Chelsea and I think goal line technology would have ruled that out.
Luis Garcia celebrates the ‘Ghost Goal’ from 2005 “In Istanbul it was all about pure luck, I mean we know about that.
“Last year’s run to the Final, Liverpool’s group was Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor – I thought it was a chocolate bar!
“Still only won three of those six games, they got Porto in the round of 16 which is a bye.
“Crucial goal for Man City was ruled out incorrectly in the quarter-final; they avoided Real Madrid in the semi’s and got to the Final where obviously the best team won.
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“Loads of penalties go Liverpool’s way, they have been awarded at least three offside goals so far this season, they nicked a win against Paris Saint-Germain in the group when Cavani and Di Maria were substituted late on and they lost all three away games in the group this year as well.
“And they’ve still made it through somehow!”