Published: Fri, August 30, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Klopp Names Champions League Favourites And Its Not Liverpool

Klopp Names Champions League Favourites And Its Not Liverpool

While Bayern have struggled to make an impression in the Champions League in recent years, they have won the Bundesliga in each of Lewandowski's five seasons to date and will be looking to repeat the feat by holding off the challenge of Dortmund this year.

Champions League holders Liverpool are in the top pot along with fellow Premier League sides Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as league winners Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Jurgen Klopp's men find themselves in Pot 1 ahead of the draw, which will then see them pitted against a team from Pot 2, Pot 3 and Pot 4.

Harry Kane warned Tottenham they could not afford to keep dropping points in their bid to keep pace with Liverpool and Manchester City after a "disappointing start". Leipzig and Lille, the French runner-up, are also teams from Europe's big five leagues which landed in pot No. 4.

Edging out Liverpool by a single point last season, many have expected those two to go at it again this season, and that certainly looks the case again this season with the two sides unbeaten and sitting in 1st and 2nd position after three weeks.

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Liverpool, Manchester City and Co will discover their Champions League fate this week when the draw for the group stage is made. "That's it. Then pot four you can get RB Leipzig - wow!"

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The Poland worldwide, who has been linked with moves to Real Madrid or Chelsea in the past, will be nearly 35 by the time his contract expires. The pair will no doubt want to prove themselves in the Champions League this season, and would relishing doing so at the expense of their former club.

Last season, Liverpool reached the last 16 before being knocked out by Dinamo Zagreb following a penalty shootout.

This season, however, could see them in a trickier group - similar to the one Manchester United faced past year. Valencia were not the dark horses many expected them to be last season but did cause problems and will not travel to north London short of confidence. They haven't won a group stage game since 2005, although they have advanced beyond the qualifiers on a couple of recent occasions.

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Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been touted as a potential replacement for Klopp, should the German leave in 2022. Klopp left the role at Dortmund after the end of 2014-15 season.


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