The Reds have made a standout start to this season’s Champions League campaign on the back of the club’s most successful run in the competition for over a decade.
When speaking to former England and Barcelona striker Gary Lineker after the match, the BT Sports pundit asked James Milner if he thought Liverpool could go all the way this time round. Milner’s reply was shrouded in the humility typical of the Yorkshire-born midfielder, but it masks his side’s true ambition. Milner confidently replied ‘that’s obviously the ultimate aim’. That would obviously be a resounding yes then.
It’s no secret that Liverpool have a special relationship with the competition. They are England’s most successful team, having won it five times and made it to a total of eight finals. Even in recent years of mixed form, that’s seen the team bounce in and out of the competition, they have regularly graced the knockout stages.
This incarnation of Liverpool, Klopp’s Liverpool, will find above all else, that their experience in making it to last season’s final, will be priceless if they’re going to go one better and take the trophy home to Merseyside.
After blitzing through the group stage last season, Liverpool saw off Porto by five goals in the round of 16, and got the better of Manchester City and Roma over four intense ties, before ultimately missing out to now 13 time winners Real Madrid. Their run against difficult teams last campaign and the manner in which they sought to overcome them, will sit at the forefront of their minds as they meet fresh opponents this season.
It’s no surprise then that after the 3-2 victory over PSG at Anfield last week, the bookies have got Liverpool as one of the top five favourites to lift this season’s Champions League trophy. What is surprising though is that Manchester City are overall favourites to become champions of Europe. If you need to get clued up on this season’s Champions League forecast for English teams, or if it’s top Champions League betting tips you’re looking for then check out BetBlazers.com.
Jürgen Klopp said in early September that ‘the players are not at their best level yet’. So then if the best is yet to come you would expect Liverpool to be challenging for silverware in some manner by the time it comes to the business end of the season. Without sounding too presumptuous, considering their impressive and unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign, the Reds could put themselves in a fortuitous position to fight on multiple fronts if they can replicate current form over a more sustained period.
Written by Adam Grimshaw