Jurgen Klopp thinks Liverpool face a daunting task in their bid to retain the Champions League title this season, given the “crazy” depth of quality in the competition.
Klopp has led Liverpool to back-to-back Champions League finals, but is adamant that their impressive recent track record does not make them the title favourites.
“I will have no problem with it (reaching the final) if it happens again, but at this moment, I am not too sure it will,” the German coach told British media.
“We have the same chance like everyone else, but that is all, and I don’t see us, the English teams, dominating.
“I really think a lot of teams have a good chance.”
Liverpool are among the top seeds in Pot One along with Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris St Germain and Zenit St Petersburg for the Champions League group stage draw, which takes place later on Thursday.
The quality of teams in the second pot – which includes Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund – have convinced Klopp there is no need to change the format of the competition when the current cycle ends in 2024.
“I don’t think there was ever a stronger Pot Two. It is just crazy,” the German added. “They should all be in Pot One, but there is not enough space there.
“I don’t think there was ever a stronger Pot Three. If people really think about this kind of Super League, then you don’t need it. That’s it.