Liverpool’s reward for defeating Manchester United over two legs in the previous round was a quarter-final tie with Jurgen Klopp’s former club Dortmund - many pundits’ tip to win the competition.
Despite suffering a poor campaign last year, Dortmund are still loaded with top class players and there is no surprise to see them challenge both in the Bundesliga and on the European stage.
Commenting ahead of the Reds’ trip to Germany, Neuer feels Klopp’s men are in for a tough time.
“Dortmund are undoubtedly one of the five strongest teams in Europe, or even worldwide in my opinion, even though they are not playing in the Champions League,” Neuer was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“At Bayern, it was clear to us that after a poor season they [Dortmund] would come back. It was clear as well that they were going to be our biggest rival.”
Dortmund head in to the encounter with Liverpool boasting a 20-game unbeaten run in all competitions, including home and away victories against both Porto and Tottenham Hotspur in previous rounds.
Klopp will know all about the quality which his former side possess, and if the Merseyside club are to progress then they will have to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus quiet on Thursday.
Liverpool have done well in the so-called big games this season, though facing a ferocious Dortmund side at the Westfalenstadion will arguably be their toughest test yet under Klopp.