Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben has admitted getting Liverpool in the Champions League was "the worst possible draw".
The two clubs meet in the last 16 next month, and Robben - who won the competition with Bayern back in 2013 - expects a serious challenge.
"Liverpool are doing well again, just like last year when they made it to the final, and I also see them as a favourite for the Champions League this season," the Dutchman told FootballOranje.com.
"For us, it was perhaps the worst possible draw, but it's going to be a great challenge. We have to look at ourselves, keep working hard and improve ourselves. If we have a good day and play the way we want, I'm sure we'll make it very difficult for Liverpool."
Robben was also full of praise for his compatriot Virgil van Dijk.
The centre-half has been immense for the Merseysiders since making a £75m switch from Southampton a year ago, and Robben has been suitably impressed.
"I do not know if he is the best defender in the world, other people are allowed to judge that, but I’m happy for him," he said.
"He has made big strides lately - just look where he comes from.
"He has grown as a player, but also as a personality. I am happy for him, where he is at the moment. He is a key player at a gigantic club, and he is the captain of the Dutch national team. He deserves all the compliments."