Interesting, this. Having reached two Champions League finals in the last three years (and winning the first in spectacular style), will Rafael Benitez be concentrating more this time on ending Liverpool’s 18-year drought without a league title?
You couldn’t blame him if he did. His side look more capable now of winning the domestic title than at any other time in his reign. It follows, however, that the Merseyside club is also better equipped to beat Europe’s best, thanks to more options going forward, with Fernando Torres heading the list.
Yet we have seen how difficult it is to remain in contention at home and abroad. But if that something is the Champions League I don’t think Benitez will mind. Not if the league title 'comes home’ after all this time.
Strengths: Depth of squad, increased striking talent and the coach’s nous.
Weaknesses: Too many commitments come the turn of the year?
Prediction: Quarter-final exit.
utusanLFC : Smith (not to be confused with a certain former Man.U player who broke his foot after foolishly trying to block Risse's scud...) is a respected pundit in his own right and we often hear his commentary in ESPN.... so let's see how true is his prediction... bla bla bla...