Liverpool have endured a test campaign in many ways but have emerged as Group C winners and have such a tough record on the pitch that they are sure to be tough opponents in knockouts.
campaign so far
Group D winners : W4 D1 L1 F10 A3
Lake King of : Diogo Jota (4)
21/10 :Ajax 0-1 Liverpool (Tagliafico 35og)
27/10 : Liverpool 2-0 Midtjylland (Jota 55, Salah 90 + 3 pencils)
03/11 : Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool (Jota 16 33 54, Salah 47, Mané 49)
25/11 : Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta (Iličic 60, Gosens 64)
01/12 :Liverpool 1-0 Ajax (Jones 58)
09/12 : Midtjylland 1-1 Liverpool (Scholz 62pen; Salah 1)
Campaigns in ten words : Not without its challenges, but Jota fit in perfectly.
UEFA.com correspondent's opinion
Despite some high profile injuries, Liverpool managed to reach the last 16' with relative ease. While the Reds defended well in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, Jota entered their attack smoothly. Jürgen Klopp's team is well-equipped to enter the next stages of the tournament once again.
Matthew Howarth, Liverpool correspondent
what we learned
The Merseysiders's have had regular injuries this season, which has only touched the heart of their defense. Normally a metronomic midfielder, Fabinho has played many times and has proven himself to be a successful centre-back.
Meanwhile, Curtis Jones' has been given more minutes in midfield and looks like a real talent who could then make a weekly start. At the front, Jota immediately settled in and should continue to offer real competition after the knee problem.
In : Ben Davies, Ozan Kabak, Nathaniel Phillips
out : Harvey Elliott, Joël Matip, Takumi Minamino
• Liverpool''s 5-0 win over Atalanta' was the biggest ever victory by an English club against Italian opponents in a European tournament.
• On the 4th match day, Liverpool lost more than one goal at home for the first time in 137 games at Anfield under Klopp. It was also the heaviest home loss since August 2015 when they fell 3-0 to West Ham in the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers.
• Mohamed Salah''s goal in Midtjylland' in December was his 22nd match for Liverpool (from the group stage to the final), beating Steven Gerrard' as the club's top scorer in the European Cup / UEFA Champions League'.
Who is authorized?
Klopp led Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and a UEFA Champions League final, then led the Reds to their sixth European Cup in 2019-#39. Liverpool shares rose further after their first senior title since 1990'