3. Liverpool are the best team statistically
If omens and superstition aren’t your thing, then perhaps stats are. And the stats support Liverpool too. The Reds have been the standout team in the Champions League this season.
Liverpool have been prolific in front of goal and with 33 strikes in the tournament proper are the top scoring team (seven ahead of Real Madrid). The club’s tally, which doesn’t even include the six goals scored in the qualifying round, is also an all-time record for an English side in a single European campaign. A record which was previously held by rivals Manchester United.
While Liverpool have the firepower to outscore any side, it’s not just up front where they have excelled. Vice-captain James Milner has registered a tournament record-equalling eight assists from midfield while goalkeeper Loris Karius has kept the most clean-sheets for the campaign. The devastating threat the club pose in attack and their new-found solidity at the back makes Liverpool a side no one will want to face.
While Real Madrid and Roma appear over-reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo and Edin Dzeko respectively, Liverpool (and admittedly, to a lesser extent, Bayern Munich) have laid a far better foundation for success this season with a side which has excelled at both ends of the pitch. There is no I in team and Liverpool have a proper team.