Liverpool are only favourites on paper says Bilic

Liverpool are only favourites on paper says Bilic [divider]

Beşiktaş beat Bursaspor 3-2 at the Atatürk Olympic to move into 1st place in the Süper Lig.

The Black Eagles travel to England next to take on Liverpool at Anfield in the Europa League Round of 32 first-leg.

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Beşiktaş manager Slaven Bilic believes Liverpool are only favourites on paper and that his side should not be underestimated.

“Liverpool are only favourites on paper, if we play like we did today there is a good chance we can make it to the next stages,” Bilic told Lig Tv after the Bursaspor game.

Bilic also underlined that Beşiktaş have played some of their best football this season against English sides.

“We have played well against English sides this season and this is going to continue,” he added.

The Black Eagles have already faced two Premier League sides this season in European competition.

Beşiktaş narrowly lost out 1-0 on aggregate against Arsenal in the Champions League Play-off round over two legs in September.

The Turkish giants also drew against Tottenham in London and beat Spurs 1-0 in Istanbul in the Europa League to finish Group C in first place.

Beşiktaş also beat Chelsea last summer during a friendly tournament organised to raise funds for the victims of the Soma mining disaster.