Klopp backs Bayern and Manchester City as Champions League favourites
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Klopp backs Bayern and Manchester City as Champions League favourites

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has backed Bayern Munich and Manchester City to go all the way to the Champions League final.

Both teams are in strong positions to progress to the quarter-finals, City having beaten Real Madrid 2-1 while Bayern eased to a 3-0 victory away to Chelsea in the last-16 first legs.

Ahead of their Premier League tie against Aston Villa on Sunday, Klopp said: "For me, the two big favourites are Bayern and Man City. That would be an interesting game.

"Bayern played obviously a very impressive season in Germany. After Hansi Flick took over, it was really impressive what they did. These are the two favourites. I don't know exactly how it could happen - we'll see in the semi-final or whatever.

"The competition will be really interesting because it's completely new. When you see Man City, when you see the squad... everybody needs luck: if you want to win the Champions League, you should have your best line-up ready for the final if that's possible.

"We should have and we would have on a normal day. They have so much quality, but no team in the world is perfect. City is not, Bayern is not, we are not. But you need to be nearly perfect in these moments to win the Champions League, obviously.

"I will watch it, the little tournament, it will be really interesting, but unfortunately, we have nothing really to do with it this year."

This season's competition is set to resume in August in a mini-tournament format in Lisbon, having been put on hold since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.  It will be without defending Champions Liverpool who was eliminated by Atletico Madrid.

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