Liverpool legend John Barnes believes Jurgen Klopp’s side will be too good for Sevilla in Wednesday’s Europa League final in Basel.
Liverpool are preparing for the big clash in Switzerland against Unai Emery’s men, who have won the competition for the past two seasons.
KloppÂ’s side have been in fine form in Europe in their surge to the final, including their remarkable late victory over Borussia Dortmund at Anfield which has been one of the highlights of the campaign, while they earlier saw off domestic rivals Manchester United over two legs and then overcame Villarreal comfortably in the semi-final.
Barnes says Liverpool deserve to be in the final and believes the game will “define their season”.
Speaking in his exclusive Titanbet blog, he said: “To beat Manchester United, Dortmund and a very strong Villarreal side was terrific, and proves they deserve to be travelling to Switzerland.
“This will be the game that defines Liverpool’s season. We cannot ignore the fact that the league season has been disappointing – an eighth place finish is far below where the club should be – but that won’t matter if Champions League football is secured via the Europa League.
“Getting into the top four was always the aim, and winning this competition will bring about the same reward, and the campaign can only really be judged on the overall outcome.”
Barnes is confident his old club are better equipped than Sevilla to win on the night, even though the Spanish side are Europa League specialists and are aiming for their third-successive triumph in the tournament.
Barnes added: “There aren’t really any standout players in their XI, for me, although Kevin Gameiro will be a threat up front, so it’ll be a case of Liverpool working as a team and letting their star quality shine through over the 90, or more, minutes.
“Sevilla’s season has been a bit like Liverpool’s in terms of this is their only chance of Champions League football – they finished seventh in La Liga – and they have saved their best performances for this tournament.
“They have experience having won the trophy in both of the last two seasons, but Liverpool, for me, are the better side and should win.”