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Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, who is chasing a quadruple in his final season at Anfield, will be taking on Atlanta in the Europa League quarter-finals. Image Credit: Reuters

Paris: Liverpool will play Italian outfit Atalanta in the quarter-finals of this season’s Europa League after the teams were paired together in Friday’s draw, which left open the possibility of the Anfield side meeting Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen in the final.

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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who are still in contention to win a quadruple this season, will entertain Atalanta at Anfield on April 11 and go to Italy a week later for the return.

Remarkable season

The Reds hammered Sparta Prague 11-2 on aggregate on the last 16 and will be favourites to beat Atalanta, who currently lie sixth in Serie A.

The clubs met in the group stage of the Champions League in 2020/21, with Liverpool winning 5-0 away in Bergamo and Atalanta winning 2-0 at Anfield.

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Liverpool players are on a high after a successful run in this season so far. Image Credit: AFP

Leverkusen are enjoying a remarkable season under former Liverpool midfielder Alonso, who is one of the leading contenders to replace Klopp as manager at Anfield when the German steps down at the end of the campaign.

Winners of the Uefa Cup, the Europa League’s predecessor, in 1988, Leverkusen have not lost a game all season and are currently 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with nine matches left.

Unbeaten record in danger

Their unbeaten record very nearly ended on Thursday, when they trailed 2-1 in injury time at home to Qarabag before a stunning comeback to win 3-2 against the side from Azerbaijan.

That allowed them to win their last-16 tie 5-4 on aggregate.

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Bayer Leverkusen players celebrate after a stunning comeback to win the last 16 clash against Qarabag. Image Credit: AFP

Leverkusen will face West Ham United — last season’s Europa Conference League winners — in the quarter-finals, with the English side having beaten another German club in Freiburg in the last round.

The winners of that tie will advance to a semi-final against either AC Milan or Roma, who will face off in an all-Italian last-eight tie.

Two former champions face off

The other quarter-final brings together two former European champions, with Marseille taking on Benfica.

Whoever wins that will play either Liverpool or Atalanta in the last four.

This season’s Europa League final will be played in Dublin on May 22.

Draw for quarter-finals and semi-finals of Uefa Europa League:


AC Milan (ITA) v Roma (ITA)

Liverpool (ENG) v Atalanta (ITA)

Bayer Leverkusen (GER) v West Ham United (ENG)

Benfica (POR) v Marseille (FRA)

— First legs to be played April 11, second legs April 18


Benfica or Marseille v Liverpool or Atalanta

AC Milan or Roma v Bayer Leverkusen or West Ham United

— First legs to be played May 2, second legs May 9.