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Rio Ferdinand predicts Liverpool will win this year’s Champions League

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Rio Ferdinand has backed Liverpool to win the Champions League (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has risked the wrath of Manchester United fans by predicting that Liverpool will lift the Champions League trophy this season.

Liverpool stormed to a 2-0 lead over Porto in the first leg of their quarter-final last week and Jurgen Klopp’s side will face Barcelona should they finish the job in Portugal on Wednesday evening.

The Reds would join Barcelona and Ajax in the semi-finals and former United defender Ferdinand is confident they can go all the way in the competition.

Ferdinand watched on at the Nou Camp as his former club United were dumped out and talked up Liverpool’s chances following the match.

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‘I think Klopp will look at those first ten minutes [of United against Barcelona] in this game today because, listen, if Mane, Salah and Firmino go through there I’m expecting a different turnout on those occasions. I think they score those chances,’ he told BT Sport.

‘I think that game could be set up perfectly for Liverpool because if they play on the counter-attack, they’re an energetic team, they have a physicality which is different to this Man United team. I think they’ll cause more problems to this Barcelona team.

‘But, saying that, they’ve got Messi and how you prepare for him… we don’t know.’

Liverpool have a two-goal advantage over Porto ahead of the second leg (Picture: Getty)

Ferdinand added: ‘I think an English team will win it this year.’

When Gary Lineker pushed Ferdinand for a specific club, Ferdinand replied: ‘I think Liverpool will win it this year.’

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Owen Hargreaves claimed that Lionel Messi makes Barcelona a serious contender for the title.

‘They [Barcelona] are not the favourites for me but Messi could have a masterclass and sometimes you’ve just got to hold your hands up,’ the ex-United and England midfielder said.

‘I think Manchester City or Barca will beat Barca if they play like that.’

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