Jamie Redknapp is confident that Liverpool will fight for the Premier League title this year, even if more attention is paid to the rival.
The former Reds captain watched the Reds dismantle Leeds 3-0 at Elland Road on Sunday as they set their title credentials.
Another win ensured that Jurgen Klopp’s team maintained their unbeaten start to the season, with Liverpool currently at the top of the table tied with Manchester United and Chelsea.
While other title contenders have spent a lot of money on the transfer market, Redknapp insisted that the Reds will continue to fight for the league despite the lack of signings.
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“You can win the league, make no mistake,” said the former England international.
“Last year there was no chance because they played with one hand behind their backs, they lost almost all of their defense during the season.
“They lost their self-confidence beforehand and everything went wrong and everything happened and they had no chance.
“But this year, with the top three they have and with Virgil Van Dijk they have the best central defender in the league, he gives them every opportunity to win the league.”
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Despite the emphatic away win, Jürgen Klopp suffered a severe blow when Harvey Elliott was stretched with a dislocated ankle in the second half.
The 18-year-old had developed an increasing influence in Liverpool midfield, with the Leeds trip being his third straight league start.
However, Redknapp claimed that the Reds will remain competitive even in his absence, with an opportunity to bolster their attacking capabilities in the January transfer window.
“With Harvey Elliott injured, it’s a big loss for her today. With [Gini] Wijnaldum gave them something different in midfield and certainly moved forward today, ”Redknapp told Sky Sports.
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“When you looked [Liverpool’s] Bank today, they didn’t have a striker. Obviously, Firmino is injured so that could be an area they may be able to reinforce in January.
“But if I’m Jürgen Klopp, I would say ‘What a start, we have every chance this year’ and I think it’s great that everyone is talking about everyone and not about them.”
With the league table already settling into a somewhat familiar groove and Manchester City occupying the first four places alongside Liverpool, United and Chelsea, Redknapp believes that the same quartet will occupy these places on the last day.
Redknapp assesses the Reds’ competition and believes his former club has as much of an opportunity as his rivals, who are more talked about.
“I think if you look at the current top 4, these are the teams that will be there at the end of the season,” he admitted.
“People say Manchester United can’t win the league, but of course with the money they’ve spent they can.
“Chelsea brought Lukaku and he’s got off to a great start and of course Manchester City will always be up there. But Liverpool will be right in the middle. ”