Alan Shearer: Why Liverpool FC are genuine title contenders this season

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Alan Shearer believes Liverpool FC are genuine threat in the title race after Jurgen Klopp improved key areas of his Reds team.

Liverpool FC have made an encouraging start to the Premier League campaign following six victories and one stalemate to keep pace with defending champions Manchester City.

The Merseyside outfit dropped their first points of the 2018-19 season in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League last weekend.

Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to net a brilliant equaliser from long range to cancel out Eden Hazard’s first-half opener in west London on Saturday evening.

Liverpool FC lost 1-0 to Italian side Napoli in their second Champions League fixture of the current campaign to leave Jurgen Klopp’s side in second place in the group.

The Reds won’t have long to dust themselves down and prepare for the visit of defending Premier League champions Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday evening.

While the Liverpool FC defence was caught out in the final few minutes in Naples, the Reds have only conceded three times in seven games in the Premier League this season.

Former Newcastle United striker Shearer believes the Reds are genuine contenders after addressing some key areas of their squad in the summer transfer window.

“They identified where they had to improve,” Shearer told CNN.

“They had to improve defensively. They did that when they bought Van Dijk last January.

“They knew they needed a goalkeeper, they went out and spent a fortune on a goalkeeper and also a defensive midfielder.

“So they have got strength in depth now. And also with the front three that they have [Firmino, Mane, Salah] they will cause any teams problems.

“If they don’t, they know one will come off and perhaps Sturridge can come in there also. So they will give it a good go this year in the Premier League.”

Liverpool FC started their defensive rebuild with the signing of Virgil van Dijk in a £75m deal from Southampton in the January transfer window.

Van Dijk has already been a calming influence on Klopp’s back four to bring out the best in relatively inexperienced full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

Liverpool FC addressed their weakness in goal with the addition of Alisson Becker after the Brazil international was the world’s most expensive goalkeeper for less than a week in the summer.

They will give it a good go this year in the Premier League

Alan Shearer

Indeed, the Reds coughed up a £67m fee to sign the Brazil number one from Serie A giants AS Roma to get Klopp a replacement for Loris Karius.

The Merseysiders have a good record against Manchester City over the past 12 months following three successive victories in all competitions.

Liverpool FC were 4-3 winners against the Citizens at Anfield in the Premier League in January before the Reds eased to a 5-1 victory over Manchester City over two legs.

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