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Liverpool can overcome tough Champions League group

Views from the former Liverpool and Germany star

Liverpool reached the Champions League final last season
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What's your best bet of the weekend?
Brighton to beat Fulham. I was really impressed with Brighton at Anfield last week, they were ever so composed. At home, of course, they are even better and having already beaten Manchester United at the Amex they are well capable of taking care of Fulham. I like Fulham and think they’ll be fine, but they are already shipping goals and might need to tweak their style a bit.

Which favourites could flop?
Arsenal at Cardiff. This will be a new experience for Unai Emery – taking on a side managed by Neil Warnock. It’s no great surprise that Cardiff have yet to score a goal because I don’t see Warnock taking many risks. It’s also no surprise that they’ve managed a couple of clean sheets because ten men behind the ball isn’t easy to breach. Warnock will be up for this, so too his players and the crowd and Arsenal could well struggle.

Who will be Man Utd manager at the end of the season?
If they’ve any sense they will get in Zinedine Zidane. I’m a massive fan of Mauricio Pochettino, the one other person with enough authority to be able to take the reins at Old Trafford, but Zidane would be the perfect solution. His record with Real Madrid was exemplary, he commands total respect from everyone and he’d be the one person I would suggest who can breathe new life into the career of Paul Pogba.

Who looks the biggest threat to a Man City-Liverpool dual forecast?
Manchester United – if they get rid of Jose Mourinho sharpish. As it stands there is no threat to the City-Liverpool forecast. They are a cut above the others even though we know Spurs are a very decent side. But United are the only club with the players capable of throwing down a challenge to the big two. However, they won’t be doing it while Mourinho is in charge.

Which Prem club will go furthest in the Champions League?
Liverpool. Obviously the draw says Manchester City but I have no doubt Liverpool will make it into the last 16 and then it’s all down to the draw. Liverpool now know they belong in this company having reached a Champions League final. They have got the manager and the players and they’ve now got a deeper bench which will enable them to sustain a lengthy European challenge again.

Give us a bet for the this week’s internationals
France draw no bet against Germany. The pressure is on Joachim Low and I think it’s time for change. And I’m not the only one who believes Low has gone as far as he can. There has clearly been discord in the dressing room between senior and younger players with Low siding towards the old guard and the World Cup was a shambles. If they lose to the world champions the writing will be on the wall for Low.

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I like Fulham and think they’ll be fine, but they are already shipping goals and might need to tweak their style a bit
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