Manchester City's director of football Txiki Begiristain warned the English champions will not have it easy against a Schalke outfit languishing in 13th place in Germany following a nightmare start. The approach, the view, the design and the interior are all absolutely elite, as befits one of the game's biggest clubs.
"Teams that are struggling in their league have done very well in the Champions League".
Meanwhile holders Real Madrid will face four-times winners Ajax Amsterdam, who have reached the knockout stages for the first since 2005-06. "After a winter break, German clubs are always very unsafe".
The two historic sides have not met in a competitive match since the UEFA Super Cup in 2001, when Liverpool emerged victorious, though they did face off in the Audi Cup in pre-season a year ago as the Reds ran riot. It makes only a massive difference with injuries and stuff like that, German clubs have the time, two or three weeks, to bring players back and stuff like that while in the same moment we have 10 games.
Liverpool must take chance to put things right - Klopp
Follow Liverpool v Napoli (kick-off 8pm) via our live blog on RTÉ.ie/sport and the News Now app, or watch live on RTÉ2 from 7pm. It is December, not even Christmas. "It's our own fault we are in this position but we have a way of getting out of it".
The group winners will play their first leg away from home on 12/13 and 19/20 February, before hosting the return fixture on 5/6 or 12/13 March.
"Klopp is a top coach, someone who also plays well with the media", Salihamidzic said. "They [the team] are consistent now, we've got a settled side, it's not just 11 players, they have a squad capable now of doing really well".
Hubbleshubbles opined: "Unless Liverpool pull a Liverpool, I literally don't see us standing any kind of chance. These are the challenges you have to master in your career".
United, at a low ebb after Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, meet PSG for the first time and a formidable task awaits against a side featuring Neymar and Kylian Mbappe - the world's two most expensive players.
City head to Schalke on February 20 and are at home on March 12.