The Champions League quarter-final draw was made on Friday, with Premier League champions Manchester City facing Tottenham in an all-English clash.
Manchester United, who knocked PSG out of the competition, will take on European heavyweights Barcelona while Liverpool meet Porto and Ajax play Juventus.
It is the first time in 48 years that England has had six quarter-finalists in major European competitions, with Chelsea and Arsenal also competing in the Europa League.
Gunners hero Martin Keown expects Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to win the Champions League and has made his quarter-final predictions in a column for the Daily Mail.
“Liverpool seem to save their best performances for the European stage. This victory will give them the belief they can go on to win the Premier League. Their front three – Salah, Mane and Firmino – looked hungry and back to their best. Virgil van Dijk oozed class. There was only one team in control of that match and it was Liverpool. They will be very happy at drawing Porto – a team they beat 5-0 on aggregate last season. Keown’s verdict: Liverpool.”
“I’ve said that City will win the competition so I expect them to get the job done against Spurs but it won’t be easy. You only have to look at the contrasting workloads for the two teams. If Brighton win their FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday, Tottenham will have their feet up the weekend before they are due to play the first leg. City have a gruelling run of six games in just 18 days in which they will play Spurs three times, a potential FA Cup semi-final, a Manchester derby at Old Trafford and a tricky trip to Crystal Palace. Keown’s verdict: Manchester City.”
“On paper, Barcelona should be too strong for United. Lionel Messi blew them away at Wembley in the final eight years ago and his powers are not waning. But United have already won at Juventus and PSG this season. Why can’t they add Barcelona to their list of scalps? Premier League teams are strong in Europe once again and I can see United springing a surprise here. Keown’s verdict: Manchester United.”