Milner hoping to avoid all-English clash in Champions League quarter-finals

El gol de Messi al Manchester United en la final de la Champions 2011 en Wembley

United's unexpected victory over PSG also ensures that they will be regarded as a risky outsider in Friday's draw, but while it's inevitable that the focus will be on the prospect of a first English Champions League victor this season since Chelsea in 2012, it would be wise to consider the threat posed by Messi and Ronaldo, with Barca and Juve respectively, to Premier League ambitions.

James Milner wants Liverpool to avoid English opponents in the Champions League quarter-final draw on Friday.

You feel the Egyptian is crucial to Liverpool's trophy chances for the rest of the season and Reds fans will be anxious for him to get back to the devastating form of last season.

When he was told after the 3-0 win, which secured a 3-2 aggregate victory for the Italians, that Juve had never managed such a comeback in the Champions League, Ronaldo said, "Maybe that's why they signed me".

"And it's not like any of us have had easy teams to play against".

"They're not getting a lot of help from behind". Normally top teams have a midfield who score goals as well, so if the strikers are off form, a midfield player can win you the game.

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"Liverpool don't have that so they rely heavily on the front three".

While they are by no means firing on all cylinders, Liverpool can take great confidence from the fact they have got through two tough fixtures which if they had lost would have seriously damaged their season.

"In previous years, we have always had the belief that the Premier League is the best in the world".

The Reds are now second in the table and a point behind Manchester City, who are not in Premier League action this weekend due to their FA Cup duties.

Mourinho knows from firsthand experience how emotional all-Premier League encounters in Europe can be, having overseen several titanic clashes against Liverpool in the Champions League during his first stint as Chelsea manager, including the semi-finals in 2005 and 2007 respectively.

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