Peter Crouch consider Liverpool “favourites” to win the Champions League this season, but believes that French giants Paris Saint-Germain pose the biggest threat to them.
The Reds reached the final of Europe’s elite club competition in the 2017/18 campaign and were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in Kiev.
But Jurgen Klopp’s team were back in the Champions League final last season and beat English rivals Tottenham in Madrid to claim Europe’s top prize for a sixth time.
The Merseyside giants have qualified top from their group in this season’s Champions League, after they beat Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 in midweek.
Crouch is tipping Liverpool once again to go deep into the competition, but has picked out PSG as a team that could potentially trouble them.
“As much as I think Liverpool are favourites to win the Champions League again, I’m starting to think that the biggest threat will emerge from France,” Crouch told the Daily Mail.
“We had Paris Saint-Germain’s game against Galatasaray on in the studio this week and the way they made light work of the Turkish side made me take notice.
“With a forward line of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi and Edison Cavani, goals are never going to be a problem. It has always been their midfield and defence where they had questions to answer — but they look a formidable side. It will take a good team to beat them.”
PSG are a club that have been trying to build towards winning the Champions League and have fallen short in recent years in the knockouts, but have been brilliant in the group stages.
They scored 17 goals and conceded just two to top a group that also consisted of Real Madrid, Club Brugge and Galatasaray.
Liverpool won’t have to worry about PSG at least until the quarter-finals and that is if both teams negotiate a last-16 tie, but they certainly seem to be two of the strongest on paper.
But Klopp’s team look formidable right now whoever they come up against and should feel confident going into any match.