Liverpool can have their ft kicked up when the knockout levels of the UEFA Champions League resumes subsequent month.
In the meantime, Manchester Metropolis will reignite their quest to turn into Champions of Europe for the primary time of their historical past whereas extra acquainted powerhouses might be hoping to win yet one more Champions League trophy.
The likes of Barcelona and Bayern Münich each stay within the competitors and should stand as two of the favourites at this second in time regardless of probably going through one another earlier than the ultimate.
For Liverpool, watching the Spanish and German sides go all the way in which will function a reminder of how various things might have been final season – had they not crushed Bayern within the spherical of 16 or Barcelona within the semis.
The three-1 win in Munich final season was maybe an neglected a part of Liverpool’s path to victory in Madrid, but it stood as one of the crucial full away performances beneath Jürgen Klopp thus far.
Equally, the astonishing 4-Zero comeback win over Lionel Messi’s Barcelona to succeed in the ultimate in Madrid ranks as maybe essentially the most iconic efficiency within the membership’s fashionable historical past.
One yr on, nevertheless, the Reds will now have to look at from the consolation of their very own properties to see who might pose the most important problem for them in UEFA’s flagship competitors subsequent season. That in itself might be alternative to relaxation forward of a busy 2020/21 schedule however it would additionally permit for the Reds to get aware of two probably opponents at subsequent season’s knockout stage.
Since each Bayern and Barcelona fell to the palms of Liverpool final season, they’ve gone in extremely contrasting instructions when contemplating recruitment and home kind.
Bayern’s reign on the prime of the German soccer continued final month with an eighth successive Bundesliga title and so they have been broadly touted because the favourites for not solely this yr’s Champions League, however a workforce to stay on the prime of European soccer for seasons to come back.
The recruitment of Leroy Sané for subsequent season makes Bayern a strong proposition alongside Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry and others who’ve been performing nicely beneath Hansi Flick this season.
In distinction, Barcelona have been on the centre of economic points and will probably lose Messi on the finish of subsequent season when his present contract is because of expire. The continued struggles at boardroom degree in Catalonia is totally completely different to Liverpool’s well-run system and means that Bayern could also be extra critical competitors subsequent season.
Liverpool’s loss to Atlético Madrid again in March was the primary actual blip Klopp’s aspect have had in Europe for a few years and they are going to be wanting to get again to the highest of European soccer subsequent season.
Watching the rest of this season’s Champions League marketing campaign might give Liverpool the very best concept of who would possibly stand of their approach. And on the subject of Bayern and Barcelona, the previous at the moment ranks as a far harder check than the latter.
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