By Alex Stevens
Paul Scholes has claimed that Liverpool are good enough to win the Premier League this season.
The Manchester United legend believes Jurgen Klopp’s fourth-placed side have all the flair and attacking quality needed to clinch the title in what is expected to be a highly competitive race.
Scholes made the huge prediction even though Liverpool finished eighth in the league last season and sixth 12 months earlier.
Moreover, the Merseyside giants have not won the title since Kenny Dalglish’s side were triumphant in 1990.
Asked on BT Sport if Klopp’s side look good enough to end the season at the summit, Scholes said, as quoted by the Sun: “They do to me.
“I was a little bit worried about them defensively but you have to say the attacking qualities they are showing at the minute, they look like they are going to score goals against anybody.”
But, in an acknowledgement of United’s fierce rivalry with Liverpool, he added: “I hope they don’t.”
Klopp’s free-scoring entertainers hammered Hull 5-1 last Saturday after beating Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester. They also outplayed Tottenham to secure a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.
Liverpool lie only a point and two places above United after six games, having scored four more league goals than United’s 12.
Scholes’ views on United’s frontline contrast with his rueful praise of Liverpool.
The former England midfielder was scathing after Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck to give Jose Mourinho’s stuttering team their first Europa League points on Thursday night, with a 1-0 win over Ukrainian outsiders Zorya Luhansk.
“One shot on target probably sums it up,” Scholes told BT Sport, as quoted by the Sun. “They (Zorya) gave United problems on the break.
“United won which is the most important thing, and there were some bits of good play, but the quality in the final third wasn’t what you’d normally associate with this team.”
Scholes even doubted United’s desire in Europe this term after missing out on the more glamorous Champions League.
He added: “Maybe the Europa League is something they’re not interested in.
“The manager is passionate on the sidelines and it looks like it’s something he wants to win so he needs to try and transfer that on to the players.”
In other Liverpool news, this is the expected team to face Swansea on Saturday.