Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has tipped the club to make the Champions League semi-finals upon their return to the competition for the first time in five seasons.
Despite the £75 million sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Souness insists Brendan Rodgers has built a squad over the summer which will be able to compete with the top sides, and believes the five-times European Champions can make a big impression.
‘Liverpool, I think, will have a very good season this year and I can seeing them getting to the semi-finals of the European Cup if they finish second in their group behind Real Madrid and depending on who they get in the draw,’ he told Sky Sports News HQ.
‘I can speak from experience, there is nothing like Anfield on a European night. Momentum is a great thing to have in football especially at a club like Liverpool and the way the supporters get behind you on European nights.’
The Reds suffered a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa on the weekend, with Raheem Sterling starting on the bench, but Souness believes criticism of Rodgers’ team selection is unwarranted.
‘The team selected on Saturday did not get a result against Aston Villa but Brendan could field the same team in the Champions League and they could go out and get a great result and no-one would question him,’ he added.
‘No-one is qualified to say whether Rodgers picked the wrong team. He will need time to work out what is his best team and what are his best combinations in all areas of the pitch.
‘He's lost Daniel Sturridge to injury on England duty and the last thing he wants is to lose another player like Sterling. He's the only one qualified to make the call whether Sterling starts.
‘On another day he comes off the bench and scores the goal then you say 'what a great bit of management'. On this occasion it didn't happen, but that's football.’
Liverpool begin their Champions League campaign at home to Bulgarian champions PFC Ludogorets Razgrad on Tuesday, with their group also containing holders Real Madrid and Swiss side FC Basel.