3 reasons why Liverpool will not win this year's Champions League
Liverpool have won the footballing hearts with a string of remarkable displays in the competition this season. No matter what the outcome is, their journey is sure to be one which will be talked about for years to come.
Their 5-2 thrashing against Roma last night left Anfield buzzing with belief that the Reds can finally lift big silverware in 2018. The doubt, however, prevailed once again when the scoreline credited the away goal advantage to the Italian gladiators.
However, dreams do not always come true with such ease. This year, Liverpool might just not be good enough to lift the big prize. With that in mind, here are three key reasons why.
#3 Lack of experience
The UEFA Champions League cannot be won easily - naturally - that's why it is Europe's top club competition after all. The journey of teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to the top is a perfect example of that.
Their current domination within Europe is a result of those close encounters they have faced regularly on a seasonal basis and finally have a winning mentality inbedded within their respective squads.
Having shelled out millions, both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City appeared to be favourites. The likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sané appeared to be unstoppable in attack but even those stars could not help their team avoid exit before the semi-final stage this term.
On the other hand, Real Madrid have since emerged as favourites despite their domestic woes - the main reason for this is naturally, their big-game experience, allowing them to handle extreme pressure. This underlines the very fact that experience is important and cannot be understated.
Liverpool have not been this close to the trophy since the 2007/08 campaign, a decade ago now. They have been inconsistent and struggled since, but this year's run has surpassed all expectations.
However, their inexperience against top sides could prove decisive in determining the team's chances of ultimate success next month.