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Last Updated: Monday, 23 May, 2005, 08:42 GMT 09:42 UK
Wenger backs Reds for Euro glory
Liverpool celebrate their Champions League semi-final win over Chelsea
Liverpool stunned Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals
Arsene Wenger believes Liverpool will add to AC Milan's misery and beat them in Wednesday's Champions League final.

Milan, who have been crowned European champions six times, are favourites to beat four-times winners Liverpool.

But Arsenal boss Wenger feels the Reds will have the edge in the Istanbul game after the Italian giants surrendered their Serie A title to Juventus.

"I fancy Liverpool as Milan look jaded physically - and certainly mentally - by losing the title," he said.

"I think they have never had a better chance than now to beat Milan.

"When Milan played at Old Trafford they looked at the peak of their game but I have watched them twice recently and they don't look very comfortable."

Liverpool saw off Juventus and Chelsea to reach the final, earning plenty of plaudits for manager Rafael Benitez and his players.

Carragher was outstanding in both legs against Chelsea
To get to the final so soon into the manager's reign is unbelievable
Jamie Carragher

But centre-back Jamie Carragher, who has been outstanding during their European campaign, claims that the current side are not as good as the team who won the Uefa Cup four years ago.

The Reds also picked up the League Cup and FA Cup that season but Carragher said: "No disrespect to the squad we have got now but it is obvious we are not as strong as we were when we won the Uefa Cup in 2001.

"Back then we had a settled team and that season when we went into games against Barcelona and Roma, we always felt we were as good as them."

Liverpool last won European club football's biggest prize under Joe Fagan in 1984 and Carragher believes that Benitez deserves special praise for what he has achieved in his first season at Anfield.

"Reaching the final is the most significant step we have taken since the club last won the competition," he added.

"Obviously we are not as good as those great sides in the past but, under the circumstances, this run to the final has been as big an achievement as it was all those years ago.

"To get to the final so soon into the manager's reign is unbelievable.

"We have been up against it with injuries and no-one has given us much chance throughout the competition."


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