Ranking the teams most likely to be eliminated from the Champions League Round of 16

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Liverpool, Mohamed Salah (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)
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14. Liverpool FC

Ever since the appointment of Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool FC has changed from a team that was formerly mocked for not winning much to one that has won more silverware than many of its own heroes over multiple decades, and of course, European victory is where it all began.

The draw with Inter Milan was no different for the English team, and the club has almost certainly guaranteed a comfortable quarterfinal berth. The contest, on the other hand, was quite intense, with agility and heavy pressing from both halves. As previously said, there were occasions when Liverpool’s agility was called into question, but the stumbling block was quickly obliterated by Klopp’s rapid judgments of improvement.

Inter Milan, contradictorily, were not without a fight. They were rather effective with the defensive system they had in place, with assistance from the midfielders as well, but what caught the Nerazzurri off guard was not entirely their fault. The side was struggling to convert in the final third, and if Inghazi and his players can find a way out, Klopp must be careful.

13. Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich, in my opinion, has a squad capable of competing with Paris Saint-Germain in terms of big names of football, and unlike the latter, Bayern has not wasted the worth of the generational squad, as the German club won every trophy they could reap, earning a super impressive sextuple just two seasons ago.

Recently, RB Salzburg were expected to become one of the many regular victims of Bayern’s thrashing, but to everyone’s astonishment, Nagelsmann was unable to develop a strong enough strategy to defeat Salzburg at home and had to settle for a draw.

The opening 45 minutes saw Bayern struggle in the attacking half, and the few chances that may have culminated in goals were rejected by Phillipp Kohn’s outstanding goalkeeping. The Bavarians proceeded to concentrate on improvement in all areas during the second half, but it was still a long way until Coman came to their aid.

An elimination, which would be immensely embarrassing for a team of this calibre, is not fully ruled out but is less likely.