Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer thinks Liverpool will win the Premier League after beating Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.
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Shearer, who won the title with Blackburn, had backed the Reds to lift the trophy from the start but their commanding triumph against City put them in a much stronger position.
After just 12 games, Liverpool are eight points clear at the top, with the reigning champions down in fourth, a further point behind second-placed Leicester.
Jurgen Klopp’s side came agonisingly close to winning it last year, but haven’t won the title since 1990.
In his column for the Sun, Shearer said: “I’ve backed Liverpool to win it since the start and this just re-enforced my belief in them.
“Over the last two seasons they have lost one League game in 50, so you cannot see them losing another four in the next 26 matches — they are too good for that to happen.”
The Premier League’s all-time leading scorer was quick to heap praise on the Reds’ midfield, rather than their devastating attacking trio.
Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson overran a depleted City side, who had Fernandinho covering in defence. Indeed, each of those three made at least one tackle (per WhoScored) while the Brazilian, the Dutchman and substitute James Milner all made at least one dribble from the engine room.
Shearer said: “They came up with all the answers and showed everything you want from a top-class midfield unit — productivity, protection, creativity and goals.
“Fabinho’s strike was an absolute stunner and I think any criticism of the reserve keeper Claudio Bravo is nonsense. Sometimes you’ve just got to accept that there’s nothing that can be done about a bullet of a shot like that.”
Liverpool go into the latest international break with a huge lead at the top of the Premier League, and will return full of confidence after a win over their main rivals for the trophy.
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