Liverpool are FAVORITE to win the Champions League due to the ‘Anfield factor’, insists Michael Owen, as the former Reds striker says only Manchester City and Chelsea can challenge Jurgen Klopp’s team
Michael Owen has supported Liverpool to win the Champions League this season, while proclaiming that the Premier League is the strongest league in Europe.
Liverpool easily beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 on Wednesday night to tour a group that also has AC Milan and Porto as group winners with two games to play, as well as extending their unbeaten streak in all competitions to 25 matches.
The Reds have seen little trouble on the continent this season and the former Reds forward believes that increased performances from playing at Anfield on a European night gives them a huge advantage.
Owen also claims that the only clubs that can stop Jurgen Klopp’s team are Premier League champions Manchester City and reigning European champions Chelsea, who defeated Pep Guardiola’s team in the season finale. pass.
The biggest dangers for Liverpool are probably Manchester City and Chelsea, ‘Owen told BT Sport.
‘The Anfield factor I can’t get out of my head. If you go to Anfield for a second leg, good luck! They are on the verge of unbeatable at Anfield. It would have to be said that Liverpool is the favorite. ”
As things stand, all four Premier League teams are on track to reach the round of 16, with the Reds already qualified, Manchester United and City at the top of their groups and Chelsea looking comfortable to at least progress. as runner-up.
Owen claims that the Premier League has once again emerged as the dominant force in Europe, with many of the best players and coaches migrating to England.
The former England international also believes that traditional Premier League rivals such as Spain’s LaLiga and Italy’s Serie A have suffered significant losses in recent years.
“ I think the Premier League is way ahead of everyone else and it is getting stronger. Anyway, I think we have been in the lead for a few years.
‘Now all of a sudden we have taken the two best players in the Italian league in [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Romelu] Lukaku approaches. [Lionel] Messi has gone to a weaker league, so the Spanish league is getting weaker and weaker, and I will never be able to take the French league as seriously as I should. We are also hiring the best managers. “