Jamie Carragher believes the current Liverpool side is better than the 2005 side that won the Champions League.
Former Reds defender Carragher was in the side that toppled AC Milan on that famous night in Istanbul, and he also appeared in the Liverpool side the last time they were involved in the knockout stages of the Champions League in 2009.
Liverpool travel to Portugal to face Porto in the round of 16 next Wednesday and although Carragher believes going all the way maybe be beyonf Jurgen Klopp’s men, he does think they’rea better side than the 2005 team.
“It has been too long,” Carragher told the Liverpool Echo.
“Over the years when I was playing maybe we took it for granted getting to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
“Now only when you’ve been away for so long, you appreciate how big a thing it is.
“Hopefully the manager and the lads can help us keep moving forward and get through that Porto tie.
“Then you’ve got the excitement of the draw and it keeps the season going in terms of a trophy still being up for grabs.”
“Yes, Liverpool are big outsiders this season.
“But this team is better than the Liverpool team I played in that won the Champions League in 2005.
“It will be tough against Porto but it’s a winnable tie and if we get through that who knows what could happen.
“With all the talk about getting into the top four and qualifying for the Champions League for next season, we shouldn’t forget that we’re still in the competition this season.
“I’m going over to Portugal myself next week and hopefully we can get a good result and see where it takes us.”