Ciro Immobile admits Liverpool desire as Lazio progress in Champions League

Ciro Immobile of SS Lazio celebrates after scoring second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group F stage match between SS Lazio and Club Brugge at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy on 8 December 2020.

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile has admitted that he wants to avoid European giants such as Liverpool and Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League after his side secured qualification from the group stage.

The Serie A team were held to a 2-2 draw by Club Brugge on Tuesday, but it was enough to finish second in Group F behind Borussia Dortmund.

Immobile is clearly already looking ahead to the draw for the last-16, and is hoping he and his team are handed a kind draw as they look to progress to the later stages of the competition.

The 30-year-old, who scored Lazio's second goal in the game against Brugge from the spot, told Sky Sport at full-time: "We are proud of what we did. We suffered a bit at the end of the game, but they suffered too.

“I had a good chance, and I may need to talk to the groundsman because the ball bounced a little bit too much before the shot.

"We remained united even if there were many important players out of action, we did something extraordinary."

Immobile has once again been in sensational form this season, and has now scored in his last nine games in a row for Lazio.

And he clearly believes they could be this season's surprise package in Europe.

He continued: "We are a surprise because we have been missing for so long in the Champions League, we have given everything. We put enthusiasm, from the coach to the club, we know the fans suffered from home with us and we are proud of what we did.

"Tonight it was difficult, they are an important team. Now we wait for the draw and hope not to be drawn with prohibitive teams such as Bayern or Liverpool. We have enthusiasm, we enjoy playing. The important thing is to gain experience in this competition.”

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