Manchester United legend Paul Scholes reckons Liverpool are the dark horses to win this season’s Champions League, reports the Telegraph.
The Reds make their first appearance in the competition for five years when Bulgarian champions Ludogorets arrive at Anfield on Tuesday evening, and Scholes believes the hostile Anfield atmosphere could work in the Reds favour over the course of the campaign.
“Liverpool are the dark horse of the competition this year,” he said during his role as a pundit for ITV. “Brendan Rodgers has done a fantastic job. The style of play he’s adopted is exciting to watch and the players seem to have taken to him. I feel they will do well with the players they have.
“The big advantage they have is a home crowd. Anfield is always a hostile place to go, which is something Manchester City lack.”
Liverpool have been written off in some quarters already this season, having sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the summer and lost two of their opening four Premier League matches.
But 2008 Champions League winner Scholes, believes £16million summer signing Mario Balotelli has the ability to replace Suarez at Anfield.
Speaking about Suarez, Scholes said: “He’s a great player, but don’t forget they’ve signed Balotelli who, on his day, can be a match winner too.”