Jamie Carragher says Liverpool could be a threat in the Champions League this season after admitting the current side is better than the team that won the competition in 2005.
Former defender Carragher was part of Rafa Benitez’s XI that clawed back a three-goal deficit before beating AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul in 2005.
After three seasons away from the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp has guided the Reds to the last 16, where they face Porto in their first leg clash next Wednesday.
Despite concentrating heavily on retaining their place in the competition by finishing in the top four of the Premier League, Carragher insists Klopp’s side should not be written off as an outside bet to go far in Europe this term.
“Yes, Liverpool are big outsiders this season,” Carragher told the Liverpool Echo.
“But this team is better than the Liverpool team I played in that won the Champions League in 2005.
“It will be tough against Porto but it’s a winnable tie and if we get through that who knows what could happen.
“With all the talk about getting into the top four and qualifying for the Champions League for next season, we shouldn’t forget that we’re still in the competition this season.
“I’m going over to Portugal myself next week and hopefully we can get a good result and see where it takes us.”