Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has insisted Liverpool’s win over Tottenham proves they’re nonetheless within the Premier League title race.
After a 482-minute purpose drought, Jurgen Klopp’s aspect put Spurs to the sword in north London, profiting from defensive lapses.
Victory, because of targets from Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane, sees the Reds transfer fourth within the desk and simply 4 factors off prime spot, regardless of their large dip in kind.
One other defensive harm to Joel Matip will probably be a fear for the Anfield aspect, already with out Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, besides, their attacking expertise look again within the swing of issues.
Firmino buzzed between the traces, Mane gave Tottenham defenders nightmares all match, whereas Mohamed Salah would even have had a purpose have been it not for VAR pulling play again for a handball.
And Ferdinand was a captivated spectator and filled with perception they’re again within the battle to retain the trophy they gained final summer time.
“Liverpool undoubtedly wanted this end result,” he stated on BT Sport. “I feel everybody has been on their case.
“‘Is their season over by way of difficult?’ I feel they’ve answered that emphatically tonight.
“Sure, they got some items tonight however you’ve acquired to be there to take them. They punished this Spurs workforce and Liverpool are going to be there or thereabouts.
“When you’ve got a strikeforce like this, sure they’ve had a little bit of a blip in kind, somewhat downturn in kind in entrance of purpose, however these guys are seasoned at understanding tips on how to be across the prime of the Premier League.
“They’ll be a pressure and, sure, they’re lacking essential cogs within the backline, that’s a difficulty; however when you may have a lot of these strikers which will achieve confidence once more from this, you’re at all times going to be in with an opportunity in each 90 minutes you go on the market.”
Ex-Crimson Peter Crouch was additionally within the studio and admitted his feeling has by no means light that Liverpool are within the hunt, regardless of the change in fortunes, and revealed he’d made a guess about their league efficiency with Ferdinand previous to the sport.
He added: “I believed it after they have been nonetheless going by way of this dangerous spell. I had somewhat guess with Rio final night time. I nonetheless suppose they may end above United. I feel they’re nonetheless within the title hunt.
“I feel they’ve some prime gamers. I assumed Henderson dropping into centre-back tonight was incredible and, yeah, it’s going to be a battle at occasions as a result of Nat Phillips needed to come on and I’m undecided what occurred with Matip.
“They’re undoubtedly struggling in that space, however whenever you’ve acquired the attacking expertise they’ve on show you can’t write them off.”