Rio Ferdinand has identified the major Champions League contenders
Rio Ferdinand has identified the major Champions League contenders (Picture: BT Sport)

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has named his three favourites to win the Champions League this season.

‘I don’t see past the three English teams, Bayern might stake a claim but they [Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool] are so powerful and have who I think are the three best managers,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.

‘When you get to the latter stages, you need that experience in the dugout.’

On Liverpool’s performances in the group stage, Ferdinand added: ‘They have been one of the standout teams, that record is phenomenal.

‘To shuffle the pack and still be convincing at the San Siro, it was going to be a tough assignment but they navigated it impeccably.’

Michael Owen, meanwhile, said: ‘It is hard to look beyond them. It is Bayern or an English team to win it.

‘It is phenomenal, 18 points out of 18 against clubs of that pedigree, they are still good teams. Milan are top of the table in Italy.

‘They are playing as well now as when they won the league, the thing is, there are two other unbelievable English teams. He will be buzzing Klopp, the team are firing on all cylinders.’

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