Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City will be the best group in the world.
Liverpool are just five points clear of reigning champions City and are top of the Premier League table after a perfect start to their effort.
But Klopp believes City – that have averaged 99 points at the two Premier League seasons – remain superior to his Liverpool side.
“We may not qualify as the best team in Europe since Manchester City are the best team on the planet – and that’s precisely the same world I have discovered,” Klopp said ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League opener against Napoli.
“There are a good deal of good teams out there and also you have to establish that [you are up there with the best] always.
“Last year, we had been really excellent. I’m not sure we had been the best group in Europe, however, we’re very good in the perfect moments and that is the reason why we won the Champions League.”
Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in last season’s Champions League final in Madrid to win their sixth European title, however, Klopp says his team will not feel burdened by going into this season’s competition.
“We don’t feel that the burden because I don’t know precisely how that should feel to tell the truth,” said the German.
“It’s long past. Three or four months. The question keeps coming up on whether teams will play . I have no clue.
“I went to some Champions League season, winning the Champions League the year earlier, thus we will encounter that [collectively for the first time]. I hope we are prepared for this.”
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