By Tam McManus

4th Nov, 2022 | 12:09pm

Liverpool are now 'title contenders' amid 'massive' claim pre-January - pundit

Liverpool could secure a top-four finish without making a signing in January.

That’s according to former Hibernian striker Tam McManus, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Reds’ targets for the second half of the season.

Liverpool lost 2-1 to Leeds United last weekend (29 October), leaving them eight points off the top four.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have suffered with injuries this season, with Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Naby Keita and Joel Matip all currently sidelined.

McManus claims the return of Liverpool’s first-choice players could result in a “massive” turnaround.

“They haven’t been able to put their strongest team out this season, I don’t think,” McManus told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.

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“So you get all of Liverpool’s players back and firing and you are talking about title contenders. It’s that simple.

“They won it a few years ago and they have been close since. I don’t think they have been cut totally adrift. We don’t know what Newcastle and Man United are going to be like after the World Cup.

“If Liverpool play their cards right and get lucky with their injuries then they might not need any signings to get back up there.

“That would obviously be ideal for the owners, I’m sure Klopp will push for signings but he might not need them.

“It would be a blow for him because we know what he’s like.”

Liverpool are next in Premier League action against Tottenham on Sunday (6 November).

Klopp’s side sit 9th in the Premier League.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has suggested that a new announcement proves Liverpool ‘hold their owns fans in contempt’.