FanView: 5 Reasons Why Liverpool Can Go All the Way in This Season's Champions League

Liverpool fans will awake on Friday morning full of anticipation ahead of the draw for the quarter final of this season's UEFA Champions League. 


Under Jurgen Klopp's stewardship, the Reds enter the last eight of Europe's premier club competition for the first time since 2009, having topped group E prior to Christmas before comfortably dispatching Porto in the last 16.


Despite the club being stuck in the Champions League wilderness for the best part of the last decade, Liverpool's return to Europe's elite this campaign was not solely to make up the numbers, as Klopp's men certainly mean business with the quarter finals awaiting.


Here's five reasons why Liverpool can go all the way and win the competition.

5. Best Front Three in Europe

Whilst Neymar, Cavani and Mbappé may have something to say about this, the stats don't lie. 


Liverpool's imperious forward trio have bagged a staggering 68 goals between them already this season, which includes 22 in Europe.


Mohamed Salah is well in contention to scoop the European golden shoe, Sadio Mané is fresh from a hat-trick against Porto in the last round and Roberto Firmino - criticised in the past for not scoring enough as a centre-forward - has notched seven so far this European campaign, more than both Robert Lewandowski and Sergio Aguero.


The trio's blistering pace, intelligent movement and clinical edge in front of goal means any European defence would understandably tremble at the thought of facing them.

4. Improving Defence

Despite Liverpool's ruthless streak going forward, fingers continually get pointed at the other end when questions arise over the Reds' ability to truly compete at the top table.


However, since the turn of the year Klopp's men have slowly showed signs of improvement, thanks in no small part to the £75m acquisition of centre-back Virgil van Dijk.


In Loris Karius Liverpool now appear - for the time being at least - to have a settled number one between the sticks. The defensive fiascos of Alberto Moreno have been replaced by the ever-reliable Andrew Robertson at left back whilst January addition Van Dijk is eligible to play in European competition.


The Reds have kept five clean sheets in their eight Champions League outings this campaign, including an impressive shut out against the Portuguese league leaders over two legs.

3. Style of Play Better Suited Against Top Teams

For all of the attacking plaudits afforded to the Reds' style of play under Jurgen Klopp, their achilles heel in recent seasons has repeatedly been their struggle to break down disciplined defensive setups against the so-called 'smaller' teams.


Fortunately for the Reds, in Europe the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich will not be coming to Anfield with the intention of defending with 11 men behind the ball, allowing Liverpool's fluid attacking football to flourish with space to play in in the opposition half.


Whoever Klopp's boys meet in the quarter finals and beyond, the one thing that can be guaranteed is goals.

2. Jurgen Klopp's European Pedigree

Jurgen Klopp certainly knows how to navigate a European campaign. His unfancied Dortmund side fired themselves all the way to the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley - knocking out Mourinho's Real Madrid on the way - before agonisingly falling short at the final hurdle against Bayern.


It then took Klopp just eight months in the Anfield hot seat to guide Liverpool to another European final when they reached the 2016 Europa League showpiece in Basel having swept aside Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal en route.


So far Europe's managerial nearly-man, Klopp recently described his present squad at Liverpool as the best he's worked with, with the German perhaps viewing his current toolkit as exactly what he needs to finally go one better and lift the trophy in Kiev come the end of May.

1. European Nights at Anfield

Inter '65, St. Etienne '77, Olympiakos '04, Chelsea '05, Borussia Dortmund '16.


Famous European nights under the lights at Anfield are etched into Liverpool's illustrious history. If ever an example was needed on the effect of football's '12th man' then look no further than a big European night on Anfield road.


In recent memory, those who were present at clashes against the likes of Chelsea or Borussia Dortmund have described the sheer noise levels created by the emotional Anfield crowd as having the uncanny ability to suck the ball into the back of the net at times.


Add into the equation the might of the stadium's new main stand, and Anfield becomes possibly the most frightening place to visit for opposition sides in European competition.

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