Jamie Carragher says winning the Champions League last season can give the Reds the ‘arrogance’ it takes to win the Premier League this year, three decades on from the last league title victory.
Manchester City are once again the favourites to secure the Premier League, but the Reds will be giving it everything to pip them to the prize.
While City have the advantage of having experienced getting over the line in the league before, the Reds beat the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich en route to Madrid – and Carragher says that should give the players incredible confidence.
Speaking to Off The Ball, Carragher said: “Remember they are on the back of their Champions League win. I can only use my own experience on what that does to you as a player, it gives you a bit of arrogance in a nice way – football arrogance I’d say.
“When we won in 2005, I never believed I was good enough to play at that level or to win that competition. But once you’ve done it, you think ‘well I am now’.
“The current players were probably watching Barcelona, Real Madrid – maybe they thought ‘am I as good as them?’. But now they’ve done it, it should give them that little bit extra this season.”
Another points total well into the 90s is likely to be required for the Reds to finish top of the pile, but there is no reason to think that will not be possible having proven they could do it last season.
Winning the Champions League can only be a good thing, as Carragher says, but whether that boost will be enough remains to be seen.
Having opened the campaign with an impressive 4-1 win over Norwich City on Friday, the Reds travel to Southampton at the weekend, but before that face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final.