Paul Merson believes Liverpool have every chance of winning the Champions League once again this season. The Reds have been in the final for the last two years, having lost to Real Madrid before triumphing over Tottenham last June.
Weighing up the contenders for this season’s tournament, the TV pundit said he can’t look too far beyond Jurgen Klopp’s side as favourites to lift the trophy for a second successive year:
“I still think Liverpool are the team to beat. They lost in the final two seasons ago and then won it last season. Who’s got better form than that? They hardly ever lose at home, if ever. No one wants to go and play at Anfield. I still think Liverpool will be there or thereabouts come the end of the competition.”
Merson does not think Manchester City are serious rivals to win the Champions League due to their defensive frailties:
“City are a very good team, but they are not going to win the Champions League, playing against the best teams in Europe, with two holding midfielders in defence.
There is a long way to go in the competition and Liverpool must do their job and get through the group stages first. Their opening game loss to Napoli means wins over Genk in their next two matches are crucial.
They face the Belgian club away from home this evening before the return fixture at Anfield in two weeks time.