Former Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho has admitted to his Barcelona team-mates that Liverpool will win the Champions League.
The Brazilian midfielder is convinced that the Reds will lift their 6th European Cup/Champions League trophy in Kiev.
However, they still have not reached the final just yet. They still have to deal with Roma after taking a 5-2 first leg lead.
The victor of the clash will result in a meeting with defending champions Real Madrid in the final.
Sources claim that Coutinho believes that his old team will get past Roma and will go on to win the whole tournament.
The Brazil international moved to Nou Camp in January for £142m. Unfortunately, Barcelona were downed by Liverpool’s current opponents, Roma.
The Brazilian had been eyeing the La Liga giants last summer but Liverpool kept him until the winter transfer window.
In Coutinho’s absence, many thought Klopp’s side would struggle in the second half of the season.
But their performance in the Champions League so far, has proven their critics wrong. Liverpool have a 5-2 lead over their Serie A rivals Roma as they head into the second leg.
Klopp is delighted with his players despite struggling in Coutinho’s departure.
“If this team goes to the final it would be an outstanding – outstanding – achievement already,” Klopp said.
“It would be something we could not have expected at the start of the season.
“We were not even qualified for the Champions League. We had to play a qualifier. I don’t know who else reached the semis having been a qualifier at the start.
“The boys really stepped up. Losing a player like Phil in the winter is big on the outside and I can say what I think and we tried to do something to sort it, but the decisive thing is what the boys think in that moment.
The German admitted that the team still misses him, but have realised that the show must go on. So they stepped up their game. Klopp also said that just being in the finals is not good enough. They want the whole shot at the trophy.
He said, “If you go to a final then, of course, you have to think a little bit bigger. I don’t think that people are interested in semi-final losers – same as final losers. I could write a book about that [losing in finals], we all know that.”