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Pirlo Picks Liverpool as One of Europe’s Top Five Clubs

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Right now, the Reds are one of the top teams in the world and one of five favourites for the Champions League

UEFA Champions League Final: Liverpool v AC Milan Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Liverpool are one of the best football teams in the world. It’s been a long time since fans of could say that, but after a long time in the wilderness it’s true. With Jürgen Klopp in charge and the steadying hand of Fenway Sports Group, the Reds are back amongst the best.

They’re second favourites to Manchester City in the league and level on points after ten games and, after a finals appearance last season, one of the favourites for the Champions League according to everyone from 538 to the pundits to Milan and Juventus legend Andrea Pirlo.

“If you play those four-five teams, including Juventus, then there are Liverpool, Barcelona, Manchester City, and Bayern Munich,” Pirlo told Sky Italia this week when he was asked who he saw as the main challengers to Juventus’ Champions League aspirations this season.

After making Europe’s biggest trophy their priority over the summer, Juventus have started off like the strong contenders most expected them to be—in both Serie A, which they currently sit top of, and the Champions League where they’re sitting top of Group H.

In a group with Manchester United and Valencia, though—two clubs say eighth and 14th in England and Spain respectively—means they’ve so far had a somewhat easier run of things than their main competitors, a group that so far at least doesn’t include Real Madrid.

It still, perhaps, feels a little odd to think of Liverpool as one of those favourites after their recent struggles, it’s where they belong. They aren’t guaranteed to win anything, of course, but along with City and Barca and Bayern and Juventus they’re one of the five best.

“The teams are more or less those,” Pirlo added. “While the championship is a thing in itself, Juventus has shown and is proving to be a step or two steps above the others [in Serie A].”