Trevor Sinclair predicted Liverpool would be the team to beat in the Champions League round of 16 in a warning to Manchester City and Manchester United.
After winning a third Premier League title in four seasons – on top of winning another Carabao Cup – Pep Guardiola and his star-studded side failed terribly in the Champions League final last season, losing 1 -0 against Chelsea in Porto.
In the Europa League, neighbors United also tasted defeat in the final, with Villarreal victorious.
Both Manchester clubs have already progressed into the round of 16 as group winners this campaign but, according to Sinclair, it is through the M62 that the shimmering Champions League trophy will most likely end.
Speaking about Jurgen Klopp and his impressive squad on talkSPORT, the expert also suggested United are no longer part of the Premier League’s biggest rivalry.
Sinclair said: “Liverpool and Manchester City have been the two best teams in the Premier League for quite some time now and I think it’s the biggest rivalry.
“I know he doesn’t have the history of Manchester United and I know he doesn’t have the history of some of the other clubs, but in the last three, four or five years, Liverpool and Manchester City have been the two biggest rivals in English football. “
Speaking of Liverpool’s perfect Group B record – a first for an English side – the specialist added: “It doesn’t surprise me. At the start of the season, I wasn’t sure how their four fullbacks would fare – with of players coming back from long term injuries – but I think they did very well.
“They are very close to the top of the table vying for first place.
“Aside from the West Ham result and a few indifferent performances from Liverpool, they are as good as they have been for some time.
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“It doesn’t surprise me that they are at the top of their group. It doesn’t surprise me that they are near the top of the standings. With the history they have in this competition – there is a real history of love in the Champions League for Liverpool fans – I think they are the team to beat. “
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