Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp is taking pressure off his Liverpool side in their Champions League defence (Picture: Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp picked out Juventus as his favourites to win the Champions League this season, as he says he has ‘no clue’ whether Liverpool can defend their European title or not.

The Reds return to Champions League action on Tuesday night in the away leg of their last 16 tie with Atletico Madrid.

Klopp’s side won the competition last season, beating Spurs in the final, but the German did not view his team as favourites to get their hands on the trophy again this year.

Instead he picked the Serie A champions who have not been past the quarter-finals in any of the last three seasons, losing to Lyon in the last 16 in 2019.

‘Juventus were my favourites before the season started but obviously I don’t watch Italian football enough because I cannot work out why they are not 10 points ahead at the top of Serie A,’ said Klopp with Juve currently second behind Inter Milan in Italy. ‘They have the biggest squad I have ever seen in my life; quality players too, it’s crazy.

‘The Bayern Munich squad is also massive, PSG are incredible when they are all fit, you can never discount Barcelona and let’s not forget Manchester City because the Champions League will be one of their big targets.

‘I have no clue how far we can go but there’s no need to think about it yet because at the moment all we need to concentrate on is Atletico on Tuesday.’

Klopp may not be certain Liverpool will win the Champions League again, but he certainly knows that they are capable of doing so after their success last year and stunning domestic form this season.

The Reds return to Premier League competition after the winter break away to Norwich on Saturday evening, holding a 22-point lead at the top of the division.

Liverpool beat the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich en route to the Champions League trophy last season so no team strikes fear into them anymore.

‘I have no clue if we can win the Champions League again but we should be ready to go for it. What I know and what we showed last year is that we can beat the best,’ Klopp continued.

‘It doesn’t mean we will, it just means we can, and that is the only thing I have to know.’

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