Liverpool’s Champions League fate rests in hands of familiar foe

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Liverpool’s quest for a sixth European Cup will be in the hands of the man who inadvertently helped the Reds to their fifth in Istanbul.

Andriy Shevchenko, who famously failed to beat Jerzy Dudek from 12 yards to give Liverpool victory over AC Milan in 2005, has been named a UEFA Champions League final ambassador for the showpiece event in Kiev.

The Ukrainian legend was tasked with plucking the balls out of the pot at the quarter-final stage, and had seemed to do his former adversaries a real disservice by pairing Jurgen Klopp’s side with Manchester City.

Champions League 2018 semi-final draw

Roma's supposed 'leak'

General view of Anfield, home to Liverpool Football Club during the UEFA Champions League Second Stage Group B match between Liverpool and AS Roma played at Anfield, in Liverpool, England. Liverpool won the match 2-0.

Sporting director of Roma Monchi during the serie A match between FC Crotone and AS Roma at Stadio Comunale Ezio Scida on March 18, 2018 in Crotone, Italy.

But after a stunning 5-1 aggregate win over the Premier League leaders, Liverpool now await their semi-final fate, with Roma, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich their possible opponents.

And it will be Shevchenko once more ‘helping out with the draw’ – as per UEFA’s description – in his capacity of ambassador.

Xabi Alonso had paired Liverpool with Porto in the last 16.

The draw will take place at midday on Friday, with ties taking place on April 24/25 and May 1/2.

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