Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi record being broken bodes well for Liverpool

For the first time since 2005, neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi will be in the quarter-final of the Champions League.

While that's bad news for Juventus, Barcelona and the marketing gurus at UEFA, it does bode well for Liverpool.

The Reds had no such trouble securing their own route through to the last-eight of the competition.

Jurgen Klopp's men advanced with a 4-0 aggregate win over RB Leipzig. Mohamad Salah and Sadio Mane scored in both legs of the tie as Liverpool made short work of their Bundesliga opponents.

And now history dictates that the Anfield club could go all the way in the competition.

That's because the last time both Ronaldo and Messi failed to make the quarter-final of the Champions League during the 2004-05 campaign, Liverpool went on to win the trophy.

In that season, both superstars were dumped out of the competition at the last-16 stage.

Ronaldo and Man United suffered defeat at the hands of AC Milan, while Barcelona and Messi went down 5-4 on aggregate to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

Liverpool, on the other hand, breezed past Bayer Leverkusen 6-2 on aggregate before making short work of Juventus in the quarter-final.

The Reds then enjoyed a memorable 1-0 aggregate win over Chelsea in the semi-final to set up one of the all-time classic Champions League finals against AC Milan.

Despite being 3-0 down at half-time, Steven Gerrard inspired his side to stirring second-half comeback, with goals from Xabi Alonso, Vladimir Smicer and Gerrard himself drawing Liverpool level at 3-3.

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    Liverpool will find out their quarter-final opponents in this season's competition when the draw is made on March 19.

    First legs will be played on April 6/7, with second legs taking place a week later on April 13/14.

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