Liverpool legend John Aldridge believes the Reds showed v Arsenal how they can win the Champions League again. The competition’s draw happened on Thursday.
The Champions League draw happened Thursday and we now know who Liverpool face in the Group Stage.
Looking beyond the initial stage, though, John Aldridge believes Liverpool can go on to win the whole thing. And their 3-1 win over Arsenal at the weekend showed how.
“With all six group games being played virtually in consecutive midweeks between October and December, it will be a really intensive period for all the English clubs involved with Premier League games obviously still taking place at the weekends,” Aldridge wrote in the Echo.
“It will be tough, there’s no getting away from that, but I do take encouragement from how fit Liverpool look at the moment, the energy levels against Arsenal were ridiculous.
“The Champions League games will be full-on and we will be wanting to get that trophy back after the disappointment of going out to Atletico Madrid the way we did last season.”
What RTK has to say
Aldridge is absolutely right on this and we saw it against Arsenal. The Reds ran the Gunners off the pitch, pressing high up and fighting for everything. Even with the scoreline at 3-1, Liverpool were pressing in the last few minutes.
And that’s the attitude that can lead to Champions League glory. As Aldridge points out, the compact schedule will bring about intense games. Fortunately, those are Liverpool’s speciality.
In truth, though, the Premier League will also test every team’s energy levels and you’d bank on Liverpool to shine in that regard. They’ve got the squad depth now and the natural style that suits high-tempo games every week.
So while Aldridge is absolutely right, we hope that the ‘ridiculous’ energy levels will bring about even more than Champions League glory.