Rio Ferdinand admits Liverpool are his ‘standout favourites’ to win the Champions League this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side need to overturn a 1-0 defeat from their first leg against Atletico Madrid if they want to reach the quarter-finals and remain in with a chance of retaining their European crown.
Bayern Munich showed their credentials on Tuesday evening with an impressive 3-0 victory away to Chelsea, while Borussia Dortmund are also in the driving seat of their tie against Paris Saint-Germain after securing a 2-1 win in Germany last week.
Elsewhere, Manchester City are favourites to reach the last eight after a 2-1 win over Real Madrid on Wednesday night, while Juventus need a positive result in Turin after they were beaten by Lyon in their first leg.
Liverpool are already on the brink of securing the Premier League title, and former Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes Klopp’s side are in pole position to win the double.
‘I can’t look no further than Liverpool, if I’m honest,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.
‘I think they’ll go through against Atletico Madrid, I think it’s a tough game but I think Anfield gives it a different dimension.
‘Bayern Munich looked great yesterday against a team who are searching for form and their own indentity at the moment in Chelsea.
‘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.
‘But Liverpool are my standout favourites.’
Meanwhile, Joe Hart has backed his former club Manchester City to win the Champions League ahead of their domestic rivals.
‘I’m obviously going to back Manchester City,’ said the goalkeeper.
‘I can’t believe they’ve not won it yet, I really can’t.
‘From being a part of it and watching it and taking on Pep Guardiola, the greatest manager of all time as a lot of people have called him, I just believe it’s sooner rather than later.
‘And obviously it’s going to have to be sooner now with what’s going on [with City’s Champions League ban].’
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