Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski has backed Liverpool to challenge for the title this season under his old boss Jurgen Klopp.
Lewandowski, 28, played under Klopp for four seasons at Borussia Dortmund and the Poland skipper feels the Reds are one of the favourites for the league this year, along with another side coached by a former boss of his – Manchester City and Pep Guardiola.
‘Under Klopp I think they will be fighting for the title this season, Lewandowski told Goal.
‘Pep and Manchester City will not make it easy for anybody to win the title, but Liverpool have a real chance.’
Liverpool finished eighth in the league last season and lost the Europa League final to seemingly perennial winners Sevilla.
As such, the Reds have no European football this season and this is something Lewandowski feels could play a huge factor.
‘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,’ the 82-time capped Poland striker added.
‘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 that 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.’
Lewandowski left Klopp and Dortmund to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich in 2014 after singing a pre-contract agreement with the Bavarian club.
Since then, the Pole has won two Bundesliga crowns, one DFB-Pokal and a DFL-Supercup scoring 76 goals in 110 appearances.
Liverpool currently sit in fourth position after five wins from their opening seven games, and next face Manchester United at Anfield after the international break.