Rafael Benitez makes claim about Liverpool FC ahead of Real Madrid clash
Rafael Benitez previews the Champions League final between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid
Rafael Benitez has claimed that the current Liverpool FC team is better than the Reds side who won the Champions League back in 2005.
The Reds have been earning huge amounts of praise for their brilliant performances this season as they beat the likes of Manchester City, FC Porto and AS Roma en route to setting up a Champions League final showdown with Real Madrid on Saturday.
Benitez famously led Liverpool FC to their most recent Champions League triumph back in 2005 following their thrilling comeback against AC Milan.
However, the former Reds boss feels that Jurgen Klopp has far more talent at his disposal now than he did back in the 2005 season.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Benitez said: “I think this one is better. We achieved what we achieved – they talk about the Miracle of Istanbul – but this team is better.
“If we talk about the money spent, my budget was £20m. The value of this team is so much higher.
“We had Stevie, of course, also some players with experience and quality, (Xabi) Alonso and (Didi) Hamann. We had players who worked very hard, we had a good balance.
“This team also has good balance but the three players up front can make a difference on their own. We had one player who maybe could make a difference on his own, and here they have three.
“The team spirit, the intensity could be more or less the same because it’s the Liverpool way, but what they have today is more quality, especially up front.”
Liverpool FC have been preparing for the game after having secured their place in the Champions League next season via a top-four finish in the Premier League.
The Reds are still searching for their first trophy since Klopp’s appointment as Brendan Rodgers’ permanent successor at Anfield back in the autumn of 2015.
Liverpool FC are the underdogs heading into the game given that Real Madrid have won the competition for the last two years running.