Steven Gerrard may have gone his entire career without a Premier League winner’s medal, but his Champions League pedigree is incredible.
The inspirational former Liverpool captain produced the best ever individual display in a final to spearhead the Reds to a remarkable victory over AC Milan in 2005.
Gerrard would also go onto lose to the same opponents two years later during a generation when the Premier League dominated the competition.
English clubs have struggled in recent years as the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich stamped their authority in Europe.
But Gerrard is confident that is all about to change.
The ex-England captain was so impressed by Manchester City against Napoli on Tuesday night he believes they can go onto win the Champions League this season.
Speaking on BT Sport, Gerrard said: “They put down a real marker with their result last night. I think Man City will win the Champions League.”
City won the game 2-1 thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, beating the only side with a perfect record in Europe’s top five leagues still this season.
It was Pep Guardiola’s side’s tenth win in a row in all competitions and virtually secured their place in the last 16.
But can they go all the way?
Gerrard’s prediction is certainly bold, as while City have been electric they are yet to face one of the established big heavyweights on the continent.
A clash with either Real, Barca, Bayern or PSG would really test their progress…