Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes said this week he hoped Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool side would reach the UEFA Champions League last four at the expense of Manchester City, and the Reds obliged on Tuesday by completing an impressive 5-1 aggregate victory over the side managed by former Bayern supremo Pep Guardiola.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of Bayern's quarter-final second leg at home to Sevilla on Wednesday, the 72-year-old said: "I hope Jürgen Klopp gets into the semi-finals with his Liverpool team but it'll be a tough 90 minutes because Man City are nursing a deep wound. They're a top team and will want to make amends."
2 - Jürgen #Klopp (@LFC) is the 2nd German coach to reach the semi-finals of the @ChampionsLeague with a non-German team after Jupp #Heynckes in 1998, who went on to lift the trophy with Real Madrid. Omen. pic.twitter.com/NHE37eLLyg— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) April 11, 2018
In the end, though, Liverpool weathered an early storm in Manchester, recovering from Gabriel Jesus' early strike to win 2-1 on the night thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and former Hoffenheim star Roberto Firmino.
With Bayern in the driving seat in their tie with Sevilla, having won 2-1 in Spain last week, the two tacticians could be set for a continental reunion when the semi-final draw is made on Friday. Heynckes was at the helm when Bayern beat Klopp's Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley.
The scoreline is not the only reason the newly minted Bundesliga champions are overwhelming favourites to reach the semi-finals on Wednesday: Heynckes is currently on a record-breaking streak of 12 consecutive wins in the Champions League, and has also guided his teams to the final in each of his previous three seasons in the competition.
Watch: Heynckes' treble-winning campaign in 2012/13
However, for the moment Heynckes insists his "personal aim is simply on reaching the semi-finals". He is also unfazed at the prospect of meeting Spanish giants Real Madrid - the two-time holders - in the next round, should they finish the job against Juventus: "It doesn't matter who we play. We can beat anyone."