Former Everton forward Andy Gray thinks Liverpool are a decent bet for the Champions League.
The pundit was speaking after our 2-0 win at St. Mary’s, in which Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino confirmed a relatively simple win against the relegation threatened Saints.
Virgil van Dijk also enjoyed his best game since making the switch from Southampton, shrugging off the relentless boos and putting in an utterly composed performance.
Gray reckons if van Dijk can marshal an improved defence, Liverpool’s frontline has the capability of beating anyone, especially over two legs.
“They’re obviously not going to win this league but they’re in the Champions League,” Andy Gray told beIN Sport, cited in the Express.
“I think with that front three, if they can defend well, with that three at the top end of the pitch and keep them fit… they could do something stupid this year like win the Champions League.
“I don’t think anyone’s thought about it so far.
“They’ve got a pretty good draw, Porto might be dangerous but that should take them into the last eight.
“I think in cup ties and these individual ones it will suit Liverpool perfectly.
“I really mean this, if all things be equal, they could go pretty far in this tournament.”
Gray’s probably right, although we shouldn’t be looking too far past FC Porto.
They’re in fantastic form and are currently top of their domestic table having won four of their last five games.
In fact, they’re actually unbeaten in the league and thrashed last year’s semi-finalists Monaco on two occasions in the Group Stages.
They’ll be a much bigger test than fans realise, but we’ve the capability of winning.
An away goal or two will be crucial.