Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski has backed Liverpool to win the Premier League this season under his old manager Jurgen Klopp.
The 28-year-old played under Klopp for four years at Borussia Dortmund and he believes the Merseyside club are one of the favourites for the league this season.
Lewandowski also thinks that Manchester City are good title contenders under another former coach of his – Pep Guardiola.
In an interview with Goal, Lewandowski said: “Under Klopp I think they will be righting for the title this season.
“Pep and Manchester City will not make it easy for anybody to win the title, but Liverpool have a real chance.” he added.
The Reds finished eighth in the league table last term and lost to Sevilla in the Europa League final.
As a result, the club have no European football this season and Lewandowski believes this could be a good thing for Klopp’s men.
“Without European football it can really help them with being fresh for games and with injuries and even though Klopp is always smiling, he is ruthless enough to take advantage of that.
“I have watched some Liverpool games since the arrival of Klopp, and you can see that the players are enjoying playing for him.
“As a player, you know that he totally has your back.
“He is like a father figure and because you have trust in him as a player, it makes you totally open to his methods and his ideas which, in the long term, you always see are for the benefit of your game and for the team.”
The Poland captain left Klopp and Dortmund to rivals Bayern Munich in 2014 after signing a pre-contract agreement with the Bundesliga champions.
Since his move to the Bavarian club, the Pole has won two Bundesliga titles, one DFB-Pokal and a DFL-Supercup while also scoring 76 goals in 110 appearances along the way.
Liverpool currently sit in fourth place with five wins from their opening seven games.
The Reds take on rivals Manchester United at Anfield after the international break.
By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)