The Champions League has never been so open for Liverpool to retain their crown
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The Champions League has never been so open for Liverpool to retain their crown

Liverpool’s prospects for continental domination have never looked more promising. The European champions are operating at the peak of their powers and it’s becoming increasingly ambiguous as to who can possibly stop them.

Jurgen Klopp’s team are currently eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table and are one win away from qualification to the Champions League knockout stages. It’s by far the greatest Reds team this millennium and there is arguably no one better on the planet right now.

Manchester City have proven themselves as one of the greatest Premier League teams in history amassing 198 points over two title-winning campaigns. However, Pep Guardiola has failed to fill the defensive void left by legendary captain Vincent Kompany and the Catalona manager’s team have been hindered severely due to the injury of Aymeric Laporte – leaving the Citizens nine points off the pace this season.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks dejected as the scoreboard reads ‘4-0’ during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

When looking to the rest of Europe, both Barcelona and Real Madrid are in transition after dominating the Champions League for the best part of a decade. Madrid are still coping with the gargantuan loss of Cristiano Ronaldo whilst trying to manage an ageing squad. Barcelona are still far too reliant on Lionel Messi and the likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique are not the players of three years ago.

Juventus still oppose a formidable threat after luring Ronaldo to Turin. However, the Serie A champions are still adjusting to life under Maurizio Sarri. The former Chelsea manager has never staked a serious claim in the Champions League and only registered his first piece of silverware in May after winning the Europa League with the Londoners.

Bayern Munich are currently still managerless after the sacking of Niko Kovac following a slow start to the season. The five-time European winners have failed to sustain a serious Champions League challenge since Guardiola departed he club in 2016 and they too are adapting to the losses of former European winners such as Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery and Phillip Lahm.

PSG also possess a side with an array of world-class players. The Ligue 1 winners are once again dominating their domestic league and are already on course for a third successive league title. Despite this, the French champions have never made the semi-finals of the competition and have completely capitulated in two of their last three Champions League knockout ties.

MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool kisses the trophy during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Liverpool meanwhile have developed the nous and defiance needed to reach two consecutive Champions League finals. Klopp has since evolved this once high-pressing machine into a team capable of matching any oppositional style of play.

The Reds may have their eyes firmly set on winning their first league title in 30 years, but, a team as capable as this Liverpool side shouldn’t be underlooked as serious contenders for a clean sweep of Europe’s top prizes this season.

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