Manchester United hero Paul Scholes has backed Liverpool to be a surprise package in this season’s Champions League, with the Anfield club set to return to the elite competition for the first time since 2009 in their fixture against Ludogorets tonight, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Their game against the Bulgarian champions comes after a struggle in the Premier League at the weekend, with the Reds having lost 1-0 to Aston Villa in a poor display.
However, Europe offers new hope, and Scholes risks upsetting the Man Utd faithful by suggesting that their fierce rivals have an outside hope of winning another Champions League trophy.
Scholes even praised the job done by Brendan Rodgers, with the Northern Irish manager having led the club to a surprise finish in second last season.
He said: “Liverpool are the dark horse of the competition this year.
“Brendan Rodgers has done a fantastic job. The style of play he’s adopted is exciting to watch and the players seem to have taken to him. I feel they will do well with the players they have.
“The big advantage they have is a home crowd. Anfield is always a hostile place to go, which is something Manchester City lack.”
Liverpool also have to face the current holders of the competition, Real Madrid, if they want to progress from their group. The other side in their set are Swiss team Basel.