Liverpool bound for CL glory, opine former stars

Former Liverpool stars, Robbie Fowler, Vladimir Smicer, Sami Hyypia and Luis Garcia, opined the current side under Jurgen Klopp has a strong chance of clinching its first Champions League trophy since 2005.

Former Liverpool stars (L-R) Robbie Fowler, Luis Garcia, Sami Hyypia and Vladimir Smicer at the LFC World fan experience in Mumbai on Thursday.   -  PTI

Iconic Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes the squad under Jurgen Klopp will give club fans reasons to celebrate. Liverpool Football Club (LFC) is among the five England teams advancing to the round of 16 stage of the ongoing UEFA Champions League 2017-18.

 “It is exciting to be a Liverpool fan at the moment,” says the England World Cupper, commenting about the mood among LFC supporters world over, in the wake of a 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow to emerge as Group E topper.

Liverpool is a five-time Champions League winner, the last time it lifted the coveted trophy was in 2004-05 when the side defeated AC Milan on penalties. Fowler, who scored an astonishing 183 goals for the Reds, feels the current batch is primed for dominant performances. “We are seeing a different style at the moment. Ever since we lost to Tottenham (Hotspur), the players’ form has been tremendous, they have scored lots of goals in the Champions League.”

Three goals from Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and a brace from Sadio Mane were the highs of the side's performance in the group stages.

He analysed the Champions League displays, saying, “Defensively, we have not conceded many (goals) and looks okay. The lads up front are getting the goals. We have a fantastic manager who brings out the best in the players.”

Fowler was discussing the side's CL show after launching the LFC World at a mall. Other popular Liverpool players such as Vladimir Smicer, Sami Hyypia and Luis Garcia were also present.

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Smicer endorsed Fowler’s assertion about Liverpool's attack under Klopp, guiding the English club's campaign since 2015, following a move from Borussia Dortmund. “I think we have got a really good chance this year in the knockout rounds, because offensively Liverpool is really strong. The lads know that they can beat anybody. This is a good chance to win the trophy again,” said the Czechoslovakian player, famous with LFC fans since the 2005 Champions League final, when he scored with a 25-yard rocket into the net at Istanbul.

Finland’s Hyypia touched upon fan support for the Reds. “It is always amazing to come to Asia and see the passion of the fans for the club, most of them may not have the time to go to Anfield to see a game. It is great that the club is willing to bring the club a little bit closer to the fans.”

Spanish striker Garcia said, “We feel the passion of the supporters here and know how important it is for the country to continue in football. We try to bring a little bit from Liverpool to the fans who support us from far away.” He was a member of the 2005 squad which went to become the best club in Europe.

LFC World fan experience, held over three days in the city, is presented by Standard Chartered.

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