‘Not always’ – Lionel Messi makes Liverpool Champions League claim

Lionel Messi has named Liverpool as one of the candidates to win the Champions League this season while acknowledging that ‘not always the best team wins’.

From the moment his summer switch to Paris Saint-Germain was completed, Mauricio Pochettino’s side were listed as the firm favourites to go all the way in Europe’s elite competition.

PSG have reached both the final and semi-final of the Champions League in the past two campaigns and will certainly fancy their chances of finally getting their hands on the trophy with an attacking trio of Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar at their disposal.

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Fully aware that the French side are one of the ‘main candidates’ to taste success in the competition, Messi conceded that teams such as Liverpool and Manchester City have an added advantage due to the amount of time spent working together as a group.

“I think it is my biggest target, and the club’s,” the Argentine star told beIN Sports when discussing the prospect of winning the Champions League.

“They [PSG] have been looking to win the Champions League and have been very close. We are one of the main candidates, but not the only one.

“Everyone is talking about PSG because of the players, but other clubs have been working together for years and have signed good players, like Manchester United, Man City, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Atletico or Chelsea.

“There are plenty of clubs who can win the Champions League,” added Messi.

“It is a very difficult competition and not always the best team wins. You need a lot of things to win it, everything is possible.”

Liverpool booked their place in the knockout stage of the competition after defeating Atletico Madrid 2-0 at Anfield yesterday evening, with goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane ensuring progression for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Ajax, Bayern Munich and Juventus are the only other three sides to have also confirmed their last-16 status.

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