They could face Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Porto, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Juventus, in the next stage if there are not shocks tonight which shake up the remaining groups.
The commentator's words seemed nearly prophetic as the game started, in what was essentially a Champions League knockout match two months in advance.
The fixture is usually full of surprises and the form book can be dismissed on most occasions when the pair meet.
"They needed one goal so it could fall [apart], but in the end we did well and we got the job done".
"We want to play on the highest level and the Champions League, other than the Premier League for us, is the highest level".
"I don't think it was a bad challenge at all", Van Dijk added.
In truth they could have scored four or five and Klopp was impressed with how they played. "It's nice, but a little bit odd!" The 16 teams in the next phase are known. "It is going to be hard".
That reaction was in stark contrast to the arrival of the Neapolitans in Merseyside, who marched through the streets of Liverpool while heartily singing "F*ck you Liverpool", and brandishing flagpoles.
The Senegal global was one of three changes from Saturday's victory at Bournemouth, with Trent Alexander-Arnold coming in at right-pack and James Milner moving back to his favoured midfield position as Fabinho dropped to the bench. Past year there were five of them.
"Everyone has stepped up, everyone has different qualities".
While the likes of Alisson and Iker Casillas have a strong claim to be named the group stage's best keeper, for sheer impact Brugge's young U.S. worldwide stole the show.
Had Liverpool conceded they would have had to win by two goals due to their 1-0 defeat in Naples, and the hosts failed to cash in on their dominance of the early stages of the second half to avoid a nervy ending.
That's because Manchester City - who are just a point behind - welcome Everton to the Etihad on Saturday afternoon knowing a win would see them return to the summit.