Liverpool legend and 2005 Champions League winner John Arne Riise believes the Reds can win the Champions League Final this term.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Riise recently spoke about the Reds’ tie against Manchester City being far from over. However, the former Liverpool left-back stated he thinks Jurgen Klopp’s team can go all the way to the Champions League Final and win it in May.
“This year, although it’s going to be very tight, they have a good chance of going all the way,” Riise said. “You have the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid and Bayern still there, and they have to go through against City.
“There’s some great teams left but if they play like they did at Anfield on Wednesday there’s not many teams who could stop them.
“All the other teams left will have seen that performance, it was amazing. The high pressure, the intensity in the game was unbelievable, they almost did it for 90 minutes. Liverpool proved if they are at the top of their game, they can beat anyone.
“A club like Liverpool should always be in the quarter-finals, semi-finals of the Champions League and competing with the best clubs in the world.
“I think the fans have been waiting for it, the players the same, it’s the best competition for a player to be involved in and you want to try to give something back to the fans when you get there.
“I’m happy for Klopp. They expect a lot, and now he’s proven he can bring the club back to the Champions League.”
Liverpool defeated Manchester City in the first leg, 3-0, in a surprising result at Anfield. Klopp’s side merely need an away goal at the Etihad to force Manchester City into an even deeper hole. If Liverpool can get an away goal, Pep Guardiola’s side would need five goals to progress.
“City lost against Liverpool, they lost against United, Liverpool have a habit of always scoring,” the Liverpool legend said. “It’s important for City not to concede, because they will have to score five then.
“I think Liverpool will go through, because they’ve got that 3-0 lead, but the game is not over. We’ve seen what City can do. If they start playing as they have most of the season, keeping the ball and scoring goals, it could be a close game.
“They’re good at counter attacks, which is going to be very important, and I think the main thing is not to concede a goal in the first 15-20 minutes.
“The players and the club have to go into the game like any other. Probably more compact than usual, but if they get too comfortable, and City score a goal they will get nervous again.”
Liverpool play Manchester City on Tuesday night in the Champions League.