The Reds have dominated the award since December with Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk winning the honour before the Senegalese's recent emergence. Yet it is a testament to Casillas' character and stamina that 20 years after his Champions League debut and 19 since he first won it, he continues to compete for cups and league championships.
The UEFA Champions League returns to the Britain this week as the first legs of the quarterfinal round commence. The Reds rolled to a 5-0 aggregate win in last year's Round of 16 on their way to a trip to the final, where they ultimately lost to Real Madrid, 3-1. The all-Premier League tie between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur has a combined revenue of €1 billion.
"If you ask all the other lads they'll tell you the same thing: what Mo gives us can't just be measured in the goals he scores himself". Their stadium is hard to play at and it is normal for them to be the favorites.
Liverpool will be without Andy Robinson, who will serve a one-game suspension.
Liverpool lead second-place City by two points at the top of the table having played one more game than their rivals with just five weeks of the season remaining. Porto are being kept off top spot in Portugal by Benfica due to an inferior goal difference.