Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has issued a Champions League warning to Liverpool.
The Frenchman has told the Daily Express that if the two teams meet, Madrid will prevail and reach the last eight.
Liverpool qualified for the next stage as group winners, beating Salzburg on Tuesday night.
The Spanish outfit came second behind PSG in their group and that could mean a round of 16 showdown for Zidane and Jurgen Klopp.
Zidane isn’t fazed by the prospect of facing the Reds, however, and he told the Daily Express: “If we play Liverpool, we will eliminate them! We can’t do anything about the draw though.”
A match between Madrid and Liverpool would certainly be one not to miss.
Both sides are flying in their respective leagues and the game would see a repeat of the 2017/18 Champions League final.
Madrid won on that occasion and Liverpool would be out for retribution if they were handed the chance to avenge the defeat.
Zidane might have meant the comments to be somewhat tongue in cheek, although Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter.
Some aren’t happy with his mention of Liverpool in his press conference and now hope the pair are drawn together.
Here is a selection of Tweets from Reds supporters on the back of comments from the Real Madrid boss:
I think if Madrid were to play Liverpool, L'pool would be out for revenge from the final in Kyiv.. dont be so confident Zidane!
— Cole L. (@ColeLiechty) December 12, 2019
When teams mention you by name like this before a draw, it means they are already worrying about you.
— Stephen Drennan (@babuyagu) December 12, 2019
Bring it on Zizou
— LFC_SMO (@lfc_smo) December 12, 2019
Am not sure Zidane really understand what he is saying because this is not the same Liverpool he won the champions league from them
— Kweku Asiedu Nunoo (@AsieduNunoo) December 12, 2019
Wake up, Zizou?
— OLARID (@iam_olarid) December 12, 2019
Someone has lost his mind???
— Pratik Roy (@Mepratik_9) December 12, 2019
Ja Haaland. Groot bek. I hope it's you. Time for some payback.
— George Hendricks (@georgejwh190363) December 12, 2019
Under-estimate us at your peril
— MS84 (@marksmith_84) December 12, 2019
I pray we play them#YNWA
— Kavish (@KavishBaldeo) December 12, 2019
— Betmen (@Dablinac) December 12, 2019
Love it! I know his name is Zidane but when will they ever learn ??
— Gary Jones (@GARY100M) December 12, 2019