Rio Ferdinand says Liverpool are favourites to win Champions League title

Rio Ferdinand says Liverpool are favourites to win Champions League title

- Rio Ferdinand has tipped Liverpool to defend the Champions League title having won it last season

- The side, however, face a task of overturning a 1-0 defeat suffered at Atletico Madrid in their push to qualify for quarters

- Bayern Munich, Juventus, PSG and Man City are the other top teams firmly in the race to conquer Europe

Man United legend Rio Ferdinand has named Liverpool as favourites to win this season's Champions League.

Liverpool, who won the title last season, are once again in a pole position to defend the crown owing to their current form.

The Jurgen Klopp-tutored club has all but laid one hand on the Premier League trophy as they are just four wins away from being crowned champions.

They could therefore shift their focus to the European competition where they have failed to replicate their domestic form this season with two defeats already.

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The side suffered a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their round of 16 fixture played at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

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And despite facing a task of overturning the scoreline in the second leg to be played at Anfield, Ferdinand still believes they are the club to beat for continental glory.

"I can’t look no further than Liverpool, if I’m honest," Ferdinand told BT Sport.

The former England international further overlooked Man City in what appeared as his second favourite to win the UCL, and instead identified Bayern Munich as the other potential winner.

"Bayern Munich looked great yesterday against a team who are searching for form and their own identity at the moment in Chelsea," he noted.

He, however, pointed out defensive issues within the ranks of Bayern among the shortcomings that could prematurely halt the German giants' European campaign.

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"So they may have peaked a bit early, who knows - going forward they are great but defensively I would be concerned a little bit about Bayern," he continued.

"But Liverpool are my standout favourites," the legendary defender declared.

Earlier, reported that assuming Man City fails to have their UEFA ban lifted, they will be unable to defend the Champions League title should they win it.

Further, the Pep Guardiola-tutored side would have their place in the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup taken by the losing finalists.

Under Article 4, UEFA says: "A club which is not admitted to the competition is replaced by the next best-placed club in the top domestic championship of the same association, provided the new club fulfils the admission criteria."

Article 6, which happens to outline who takes part in competitions organised by UEFA states: "Clubs agree to participate as winner or, if requested, as runner-up of the UEFA Champions League in the UEFA Super Cup, in the FIFA Club World Cup."

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