"I can see Liverpool going all the way in Europe - and I sincerely hope they do," he said. "Their senior players will now be fit and they will put what they think is their strongest team for the quarter-finals.
"I think the team did extremely well in the Europa League when I was there. Those 10 matches we had were very tough, against very good opposition - arguably one or two of the teams were stronger than those you meet in the last 32.
"I had no problem with the players, they did a decent job but we weren't particularly lucky. I enjoyed my time working with them and I'm pleased to see the misfortune I suffered from has been turned around and they're getting the results.
"Even in our misfortune I still had no doubts that they'd finish at worst seventh or eighth or even higher in the Premier League - that prediction I made for myself is coming true."