Michael Owen makes optimistic prediction about Liverpool FC in Champions League

The Liverpool legend is optimistic that the Reds can still secure top spot in their Champions League group

Liverpool legend Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen is optimistic that Liverpool will still be able to secure top spot in their Champions League group.

The Reds have left themselves an awful lot to do following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Spartak Moscow in Russia on Tuesday night.

Liverpool No2 goalkeeper Loris Karius produced a tame attempt to stop Fernando’s free-kick as Spartak Moscow took a 20th-minute lead.

The Merseyside outfit restored parity before half-time as Philippe Coutinho combined with Sadio Mane to equalise with his first Champions League goal.

However, Jurgen Klopp’s side couldn’t convert their dominance into three points as Liverpool succumbed to successive stalemates.

The Reds squandered a 2-1 lead in their Champions League opener as Sevilla scored a late equaliser at Anfield earlier this month.

The Spanish side eased to a 3-0 win against Maribor to secure top spot in the group with a two points advantage over Liverpool.

However, former Liverpool striker Owen is optimistic that the Reds can still finish top of the group and avoid some big teams in the knockout phase.

“I am hopeful Liverpool finish top because that could be the difference [in the Champions League],” Owen told BT Sport.

Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005 thanks to a thrilling penalty shootout victory over Serie A giants AC Milan in Istanbul.

The Reds lost to the Italian side in the 2007 Champions League final in Athens.

The Merseyside outfit signed four players in the summer transfer window.

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