EFL CARABAO CUP FINAL
Liverpool have "one of the best squads I've seen" says club great Robbie Fowler
Robbie Fowler feels Liverpool have one of the best squads in the club's history and has backed them to edge Chelsea in Sunday's EFL Carabao Cup final.
Robbie Fowler believes Liverpool possess one of the best squads he has ever seen at the club, and says they hold a marginal edge over Chelsea ahead of this weekend's EFL Carabao Cup final.
Jürgen Klopp's side head to Wembley looking to win their first domestic cup under the German, as they face off with Thomas Tüchel's Blues in north London. The Merseysiders have been tipped as slight favourites by their opposing manager in the buildup, and club great Fowler - who scored 183 goals in 369 appearances for the Reds and is a two-time League Cup winner - feels they have the players to triumph.
"Whatever team shows up, either side has shown they can compete," Fowler told Stats Perform ahead of Sunday's match. "Chelsea have played in five major finals in the last 12 months, so you know what they're capable of. But you look at Liverpool's form of late, the squad they've got, they can compete with anyone. It has got the makings of a great game. I'm obviously sat on the Liverpool side of it. Whoever starts in the front three, if they turn up, Liverpool win the game because they're just exceptional players. We've seen that in the past. I think Liverpool have the slight edge. Chelsea will have confidence themselves but this is one of the best Liverpool squads I've ever seen."
Liverpool pile pressure on City
Fowler also weighed in on the Reds' renewed Premier League title charge after they closed the gap on leaders Manchester City to just three points following a 6-0 win against Leeds United on Wednesday, adding that the form of both teams has set up a scintillating run-in.
"Four [or] five weeks ago everyone was writing Liverpool off," he said. "The Africa Cup of Nations – [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mané going away for it – people were thinking Liverpool were maybe going to fall away. If anything, they improved a little bit. Then the players came back and it's like they've never been away. Potentially, Liverpool are a hair width away from being able to win it, but they've got to play Man City, they've got a great manager, but it's in each clubs' hands now because they have to play each other. Whatever Liverpool do, you can see City going on a great run, get the amount of points that they probably need. But it's the makings of a real humdinger for the remainder of the season."