Liverpool have booked their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League after their convincing 5-1 aggregate victory over runaway Premier League leaders Man City.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into the second leg of last nights quarter-final with a commanding 3-0 lead. Despite conceding an early Gabriel Jesus goal to give Guardiola’s side hope of staging one of the great Champions League comebacks, Liverpool dominated the game in the second-half and strikes from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino saw the Reds emerge with a 2-1 victory.
Former Newcastle and Spurs winger Chris Waddle reckons these impressive displays mean Klopp’s side should be considered second favourites to win this seasons Champions League behind current holders Real Madrid.
“Liverpool will not be scared of anyone left in the Champions League but the team I think they would prefer to avoid in the semi-finals is Real Madrid.” Waddle told the BBC.
“Realistically, after knocking out Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate, you would now put Jurgen Klopp’s side as second favourites behind Real to win the tournament – well, I would anyway.”
“Real have been there, done it and bought the T-shirt so they know what it takes to win the Champions League on a regular basis, and seeing Barcelona go out will give them an extra spring to think they can win it for a third straight year.”
“In a one-off game like the final in Kiev, I definitely think Liverpool can beat Real but, over two legs, it will be a lot harder and I hope they get someone else in the draw.”
As we reported earlier Waddle did also go on to say that despite Liverpool being an excellent ”Cup Team,” they are still four quality signings away from challenging Guardiola’s team for the Premier League title.