Whelan backs Liverpool to mount real title challenge

Liverpool have been in fine form this season, with the only blip coming in a surprise defeat to Burnley in the second week of the Premier League season, but the Reds have fought back to climb top of the table.

Sat on top of the perch for the first-time since May 2014, when the Reds’ title charge crumbled right at the last, Jurgen Klopp has revitalised the Merseyside giants and they look like real contenders for glory this season.

Although tougher challenges await, Liverpool have passed every test they’ve faced with flying colours in recent weeks and former Reds midfielder Ronnie Whelan was full of praise in his latest column for the Irish Independent.

“That was a statement, and a very significant one too. Liverpool have a real title challenge on and Jurgen Klopp’s victory grin had a feral look to it.”

“Against Watford, I saw defenders put their foot through the ball at the right time. I saw pragmatism at the back. It’s great to play the ball out when it’s right to do it but sometimes it’s a much better option to just play it long.”

The growing maturity amongst the Liverpool back-line has helped Klopp’s side rise up the standings but there is still work to be done, with 14 goals conceded in 11 games not being a great record and the Reds only boasting one clean sheet in the league this season.

Fortunately, the attack is firing on all cylinders and Liverpool have established themselves as the highest scorers in the top-flight, with an impressive tally of 30 goals in 11 matches.

 


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