Former Manchester United defender and France international Patrice Evra has said Liverpool are ‘serious contenders’ for the Premier League title.
The Reds went top of the table after beating Burnley 2-0 on Boxing Day and, while many pundits are still tipping Arsenal and Manchester City to finish first, Evra admitted that Jurgen Klopp’s side should not be underrated:
“We have to be neutral when we’re on TV, I am a neutral when (Man) United aren’t playing well I’m saying I don’t want to watch them because I might have a heart attack.
“So no, I’m neutral but credit to Liverpool, I think they are serious contenders to win the title, we talk about (Man) City and Arsenal, City have two games in hand, but Liverpool I think are back in business.
“They will keep going, they have consistency, they have a great manager – see, I’m giving credit to Liverpool, now I’m going to cry in the toilet.”
The Reds have only lost one league match all season, and even that (the defeat to Tottenham back in September) was a controversial one.
Yet, Klopp’s men only find themselves 2 points ahead of Arsenal having played a game more. The reason for that is the number of draws that the team have been involved in. If they are to cement their chances of finishing top spot, a lengthy winning streak is needed.
Despite currently being in first place, the bookmakers still have the Reds as third favourites for the title. Betfred have them at 3/1 to win the league, while both City and Arsenal have shorter odds.
There are clearly still many people out there who doubt their credentials but, based on his comments, Evra is certainly not one of them.