April 17, 2021

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Graeme Souness has revealed his predictions for the Champions League quarter-finals (Picture: Sky Sports)

Graeme Souness has made his predictions for the Champions League quarter-finals and is backing Premier League clubs Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City to progress to the semi-finals.

Reigning top-flight champions and 2019 Champions League winners Liverpool face Real Madrid in the quarters, with the first legs of the ties to be played on Wednesday and Thursday night.

Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City take on German giants Borussia Dortmund, while Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea meet Porto for a place in the final four.

In the other quarter-final clash, holders Bayern Munich face Paris Saint-Germain in a repeat of the 2020 final.

‘As it stands, I see all three English clubs in the semi-finals, which would mean at least one finalist,’ Souness told The Times.

‘If Erling Haaland has a good night, Borussia Dortmund could turf anyone out of this season’s Champions League. Otherwise, you would take City all day long to progress to the semi-finals at their expense.

‘We all know Liverpool have been disappointing this season, but they can get themselves up for a game like this week’s against Real Madrid and even allowing for injuries, like Virgil van Dijk’s, they still have the edge.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool face Real Madrid in the quarter-finals (Picture: Getty)

‘There are a lot of tired legs in Real’s team now. They’re sitting third in Spain and I’m suspicious of how good La Liga is this season.

‘We’ve seen a disappointing Atletico Madrid that Chelsea rolled over quite easily and Barcelona were well beaten by PSG, so I fancy my old team there.

‘Chelsea have had their tails up since Thomas Tuchel took charge and I expect them to continue that against Porto.

‘They’re defending well and dominating possession; my only doubt is that they’re still missing a 25-goals-a-season striker, which is why they will be another club seriously interested in Haaland.

‘Timo Werner’s getting lots of gilt-edged chances, but has not turned the corner to being someone who puts them away and at the highest level you have to do that.

‘Lewandowski’s knee injury, which is expected to keep him out for around a month, makes Bayern v PSG the toughest quarter-final to call.

‘With Lewandowski fit, Bayern would have the edge, but without him I’m not so sure.

‘Take his goals out and replace him with a lesser striker and do they win the Bundesliga every year or the Champions League last year? One injury has levelled this tie up and it could go either way.’

Souness added: ‘So much can change in a month’s time, but right now I’m thinking we could well have a winner from the Premier League again this season.’

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