Luis Garcia has dared Liverpool to ‘dream’ of reaching next year’s Champions League Final in Kiev.
Jurgen Klopp ’s men secured their top-four position in the Premier League with a final day win at Anfield over relegated Middlesbrough.
And now, after a year in European football exile, the Reds are looking forward to returning to the big time.
They must first negotiate a play-off qualifier to seal their place in the group stage draw in August.
But Spaniard Garcia – who memorably helped Liverpool beat Chelsea in the semi-finals before beating AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul – is confident Klopp’s men will get the job done.
“I have no doubt,” said the iconic former Anfield favourite, speaking in the UEFA Fan Zone in Cardiff on behalf of sponsors Pepsi Max.
“After a long season, I’m sure they are going to put everything it takes to get through and be in the Champions League next year.
“It’s so important for the club, the players and all of the fans.”
When asked whether Liverpool could reach next season’s showpiece, he said: “Why not? Let’s dream about it.”
Garcia is looking forward to Saturday’s showdown between Serie A kings Juventus and La Liga champions Real Madrid at the Principality Stadium.
When pressed on who his money would go on to lift the trophy in the Welsh capital, he has tipped Massimo Allegri’s Juve to triumph.
“It’s a difficult call,” admitted the 38-year-old.
“We know that Real Madrid are always there. Even if they play badly, they always create chances to win the trophy.
“But if I had to put my money on a winner, I would say Juventus. All throughout the season and in the Champions League they have been brilliant.
“They are so good defensively and the win could come from their good defence.
“So, I would go for Juventus to get the trophy.”
*Luis Garcia was speaking exclusively to Mirror Football on behalf of Pepsi Max