Ranking the top 5 teams most likely to win the UEFA Champions League in 2021-22

Real Madrid, Champions League, Carlo Ancelotti (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Champions League, Carlo Ancelotti (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) /
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Liverpool (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images) /

4. Liverpool

The 2018-19 winner of the competition, Liverpool, in my opinion, have the fourth-highest chance of winning the coveted competition again in 2021-22. Firstly, they have glided through the group stages winning all six of their games in a group that included two top-tier clubs in AC Milan and Atletico Madrid. Liverpool is thus well tested to tough oppositions and hostile atmospheres in the competition and it is safe to say they came out on top.

Liverpool has been an attacking force to compete with this season and the main reason is the Egyptian King, Mohamed Salah who has arguably been the best player this season in entire Europe with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema being a very close second. Salah is scoring, assisting, and creating for fun. And, this season could be his chance to win the coveted prize.

Liverpool also standout in terms of decent squad depth, they did some smart business in the recently closed January window and the signing of Luis Diaz from Porto stands out. He will further add to Liverpool’s excellent scoring form.

The problem for Liverpool could be its management structure with Jurgen Klopp having a history of acting out of his mind at times. Last season’s quarterfinal with Real Madrid comes to mind when he had to resort to blaming the pitch size of Real’s training facility where the game was played, for their below-par performance. He was also caught making a statement about how their squad was inadept to win the Premier League last season.

However, this season the story has been different although they have a huge mountain to climb in the Premier League, Liverpool has looked much more fluid and well-drilled side. They definitely don’t look like a side that could get cooked like they were by Real Madrid last season. Let’s see if the Reds walk back home alone or with the trophy!