It isn’t easy to retain the Champions League, well, unless you’re Real Madrid. The Reds face a tough task if they want to lift Old Big Ears again this year in Istanbul. If Jürgen Klopp’s men make it to Turkey it will be their 3rd successive Champions League final. On Wednesday night the Reds took a strong step towards the final with their first group stage win, defeating a spirited Red Bull Salzburg 4-3 at Anfield. Peter Crouch was one of BT Sport’s pundits for the evening and he took the opportunity to tip his former club t retain the trophy.
Crouch signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2005, on the back of the Reds’ heroics in Istanbul. The lanky former striker came on as a substitute in the 2007 Champions League final as Liverpool lost to AC Milan in Athens. He told BT Sport on the 2nd of October 2019 that he is aware of the task that Liverpool face, saying: “it’s so difficult to retain the Champions League, I think that’s been proven over the seasons”. However, he believes that Jürgen Klopp is well placed for success in the competition, continuing “if anyone can do it, Liverpool can. I think they’ve got the strength in depth, I think they’ve got the quality to do it.”
The Reds fell to an unlucky defeat against Napoli on their opening day but Crouch doesn’t feel they should dwell on that result, referring to it as a “blip”.
Whilst it is encouraging to hear a former favourite of ours have so much faith in the side, I just wish I shared his belief in our depth. If the Reds are to challenge on both fronts this year, January reinforcements are essential.