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5 reasons why teams should take Liverpool seriously in the Champions League

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15.10K   //    16 Feb 2018, 12:56 IST

FC Porto v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
Back where they belong

After a gap of nine years, Liverpool returned to the Champions League knockout scene and how! The Reds put five past Porto in the first leg of the round of 16 tie and could complete the rout at Anfield in a fortnight.

Over the last 7-8 years, Liverpool's performances have not been up to the mark barring maybe a couple of seasons. But that was then and this is now. Liverpool have got one of the most eccentric managers at the helm.

A guy who is unfazed by the technicality of Guardiola and the shrewdness of Mourinho. Jürgen Klopp has changed the attitude and identity of the club over the last two and a half years.

Critics often point out to the lack of trophies but they forget that he took Liverpool to two finals out of which one was decided on penalties and in the other, Liverpool collapsed after leading. But this is his chance to set everything right.

So here I am going to give you 5 reasons why Liverpool can lift the champions league in May...

#1 Current form

Liverpool's current form is interesting. While it is not perfect, thanks to consecutive defeats at the hands of Swansea and West Brom, Klopp's side find themselves in an ideal situation. They are not in any bubble of invincibility which helps them realise that if they are not at their best, they can be defeated.

Klopp knows that there is a way of upsetting the flair of his side as a team by making your team sit back and let Liverpool have possession. But even those games are pretty rare as the Reds often find a way past even the meanest of defences. They have been on quite a roll, especially in the big games, with their last defeat to a top 6 rival coming 4 months ago in October.

They are not only firmly in the top 4 race but are also pushing Manchester United for second place. The Reds have won the second most away matches in the Premier League and they also have been unbeaten at Anfield in the league. In the last 4 months, Jürgen Klopp's side have only lost twice; once to Swansea and the second defeat came in the FA Cup to West Brom.

They also are the only team to beat Manchester City in the league. Unlike previous seasons, Liverpool's points tally is not heavily dependent on their home form but also their away form as they registered victories at Southampton and Burnley where the Reds have struggled in the past.

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