John Arne Riise explains why Liverpool FC can win the Champions League
John Arne Riise rates Liverpool FC's chances of winning the Champions League title this season
John Arne Riise believes that Liverpool FC are in with a big chance of winning the Champions League this season under Jurgen Klopp.
Riise was part of the Reds team who last won the Champions League under Rafael Benitez back in 2005 after their brilliant comeback win over AC Milan in Istanbul in the final.
Liverpool FC took a big step towards reaching the last four of Europe’s elite club competition thanks to their impressive 3-0 victory over Manchester City at Anfield in the first leg of their quarter-final clash last week.
And former Liverpool FC star Riise seems to rate the Reds’ chances of going all the way in the Champions League this season under Klopp.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday, Riise said: “This year, although it’s going to be very tight, they have a good chance of going all the way.
“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.”
Goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane handed Liverpool FC a 3-0 win over Manchester City in the first leg at Anfield last week.
The Reds held Everton to a goalless draw in the Merseyside derby clash at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime as they warmed up for their Champions League showdown with the Reds.
Liverpool FC are currently in third place in the Premier League table as they look to try and finish in the top four for the second season running.