Over the last five years, no club has reached the Champions League final more times than Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side has made it through to the biggest game in Europe on three occasions in that period.
Liverpool’s consistency in the Champions League is impressive and it will be the envy of many major European clubs such as Manchester City and PSG, who have desperate to try and get their hands on the trophy.
How it Stands
The bookmakers are expecting Liverpool to reach the business end of the competition once again. If you were to bet on football today, according to the outright betting markets, Liverpool is currently priced as the 5/1 second-favourites for the 2022/23 Champions League. Manchester City are the only team ahead of them in the outright betting at 11/4.
Liverpool is likely to be one of the football betting tips to reach the final in Istanbul. Once they reach the knockout stages, teams find it very difficult to get a result at Anfield. It means Klopp’s side is hard to beat over two legs, especially when the second game is on Merseyside.
Ran Out of Steam Last Season
Klopp will be hoping The Reds can go one place better from their runner-up finish last season. The game in Paris came at the end of a long hard campaign. His side was in contention for all four competitions at the business end of the year, and that was evident in the final.
Opponents Real Madrid looked much fresher in the Champions League final as they had the luxury of being able to rest players in La Liga in the final games of the season. In the end, it was just one goal that separated the two teams in a tight contest at the Stade de France.
Liverpool’s two trophies last season came via penalties in the respective finals. They got the better of Chelsea on both occasions following 120 minutes of football. The FA Cup final came just weeks before their fixture with Real, so that was not ideal timing for The Reds.
Unlike the Madrid club in Spain, Liverpool was also locked into a title race in the Premier League, which went right down to the final game of the season. Klopp’s players had to pick themselves up from what was clearly a big disappointment in missing out on the league by just one point.
Squad Good Enough to Win the European Trophy
A brilliant achievement, skipper 💪 pic.twitter.com/ZG4a5wcrzi— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 31, 2022
The early signs are positive that Liverpool can have another strong season. They had a good pre-season, with their 3-1 victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield being the pick of their results.
Liverpool look to have coped well with losing Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich. The new players which have arrived at the club have settled in and look excellent additions to the squad.
As ever at Liverpool, the Champions League, along with the league, will be the priority for Klopp. They will be in pot two for the group stage draw which means they will face either Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto or Ajax as their opponents.
The 2023 Champions League final takes place on the 10th of June and hopefully, it features Liverpool once again.