Jurgen Klopp has played down Liverpool’s chances of retaining the Champions League because of the quality in this season’s competition.
The group stage draw will take place on Thursday with the Reds one of the top seeds this term after beating Tottenham in the 2018/19 final.
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Liverpool are in Pot 1 with Chelsea, Manchester City, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Zenit St Petersburg and Paris Saint-Germain, while there are teams such as Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Napoli in Pot 2.
“I will have no problem with it [reaching the final] if it happens again, but at this moment I am not too sure it will,” said Klopp on Liverpool’s chances of reaching the final again.
“We have the same chance like everyone else, but that is all, and I don’t see us, the English teams, dominating. I really think a lot of teams have a good chance.
“I don’t think there was ever a stronger pot two. It’s just crazy. They should all be in pot one, but there is not enough space there.
“I don’t think there was ever a stronger pot three. If people really think about this kind of Super League, then you don’t need it. That’s it. Then pot four you can get RB Leipzig – wow!”
Klopp added: “Look at the squad Borussia Dortmund has and tell me we are stronger than them. That is incredible. They can make five changes and you think: ‘Really, they didn’t play last week? Why?’
“There are a lot of quality teams: Juventus will be there, PSG will be there. Real Madrid? Do you think they gave up already? Bayern Munich now finally brought in [Ivan] Perisic and [Philippe] Coutinho which is a big boost.”