Benitez tips Liverpool for Champions League return

Rafa Benitez

The former Liverpool boss sees Manchester City and Chelsea as the two strongest squads in the league.

Former Liverpool manager has tipped his old side to qualify for the Champions League ahead of the reigning champions Manchester United.

In his column for the Independent, Benitez cites the time to prepare for matches as a big factor with the Reds not experiencing European football this season.

He said: ‘It is hard to talk confidently about these things in a crazy British season, of course, but Liverpool will have one important advantage when January is over.

‘That is time. They don’t have to play in Europe in the months ahead and that is a big advantage when others are distracted by those commitments.’

The former Reds boss cites Manchester City and Chelsea as the two sides to beat in order to win the title this season with Arsenal the best of the rest.

‘City and Chelsea look like the best two squads in the Premier League to me. I remember our first discussion of the season in this column when we said City were the ones who could be the biggest danger.’

Benitez refused to write off Manchester United’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League – as they are currently five points behind Liverpool who sit in fourth with 17 games remaining.

‘We will have to see if Manchester United can make it into the top four and, after all I’ve learnt about the club over the years, I know that you cannot rule it out.’

Benitez is a man that knows what it is like to deliver Champions League football for Liverpool having played in the competition during every season at the club but acknowledges the difficulty the club has of returning to the top table of European football for the first time since 2009.

Yet the biggest threat highlighted is United, even though two other teams in the shape of Everton and Tottenham sit between the two sides.

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