By Merseyside correspondent Coral Barry
Harry Redknapp has backed Liverpool to win the Europa League – just weeks after slamming them as the “worst” team he had seen represent the club.
Redknapp claimed tonight that Jurgen Klopp’s side, who beat Rubin Kazan 1-0, are good enough to win the competition.
“This is a competition that’s wide open, we don’t know who’s going to drop out of the Champions League into the competition, we’ll know that in another week or two,” the former Tottenham manager told BT Sport.
“But certainly, Liverpool at their strongest would be in with a real chance of going all the way in the competition.”
Speaking in September, Redknapp was highly critical of the five-times European champions just days before Brendan Rodgers was sacked as manager.
“I think it’s the worst Liverpool team I have seen in years,” he said. “They look bang average. They are lucky to have any points.”
Redknapp has been impressed by Liverpool’s mini-resurgence under Klopp, with the team unbeaten under the German in six matches.
They clinched their third victory in a row tonight despite making four changes from the team that overwhelmed Chelsea last Saturday.
Redknapp believes that Liverpool had dominated the match against their Russian hosts without being at their best.
“Liverpool have had so much of the ball, but the final ball at times has not been good enough,” he observed. “The shooting’s been poor from distance a lot of the time.
“But, you know, it’s been all Liverpool. It’s been a bit like a training game almost where you attack them, attack them ,attack them. Sooner or later, I think you’ll break them down.”