By Amir Mir
Alan Shearer believes Liverpool have aspirations for the title ahead of their showdown against Manchester United on Monday night.
The north-west rivals clash at Anfield in an eagerly awaited Premier League showdown, with both sets of supporters hoping to earn the first bragging rights of the campaign.
The Reds have started the season in impressive fashion, winning their previous four fixtures, with many bookmakers having the Merseyside club as second favourites to lift the title.
Former Premier League winning striker Shearer believes Jurgen Klopp’s men are looking beyond a top four finish, as he gave his assessment on the Monday night clash.
“It’s a huge fixture for both Liverpool and Manchester United,” Shearer told leading bookmaker Coral. “Liverpool are going so well, but United not so well and I think the problem with Jose is he does not know his best team as yet.
“He has had the problem of leaving Rooney out, fitting Pogba into the system, but apart from the Leicester game he hasn’t seen his team play particularly well yet.
“I think that is what they will tell you [on Liverpool’s aspirations for top four finish], but secretly inside Jurgen might be saying to his players we can win the title. He will be saying nothing will scare us in the league.
“They have been impressive, the way they press high, the way they score goals, but they are still vulnerable at the back, particularly from set-pieces.”
United have come out on top in the recent league fixtures between these two sides, winning the last four games, most recently their 1-0 victory at Anfield in January.
But those wins came under the stewardship of Louis Van Gaal, who has since left the club, with his successor, former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho now in charge.
Klopp’s men are fourth in the table, with 16 points and a win against United could take them level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal, who occupy first and second spot.
By contrast Mourinho’s side are seventh, with 13 points to their name and a win at Anfield could see them go level on points with Chelsea and their old rivals.
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