Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer are both optimistic about Liverpool's chances of challenging for the Premier League title this season. As Liverpool prepares for a crucial match against Manchester City, Lineker has reiterated his belief that the Reds have the potential to topple the reigning champions. Despite being one point behind City in the table, a victory in this weekend's clash would propel Liverpool to the top spot in the standings.

Lineker acknowledged that it is still relatively early in the season but highlighted Liverpool's strong start as a promising sign. He also takes into account Manchester City's injury concerns and suggests that their squad depth may be tested. While acknowledging City's consistent brilliance under Pep Guardiola, Lineker believes that Liverpool, along with Arsenal and Tottenham, have been the teams that have consistently challenged City in recent seasons.

Speaking on the Rest is Football Podcast, Lineker said: "I know it’s early days, but they are pushing for the title. They are doing alright. Manchester City have a few injuries at the moment, but they need a lot of injuries because they have an extraordinary squad with amazing strength in depth, but it’s not that easy to be consistently brilliant like they have been.

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"I expect they will be because Pep (Guardiola) is extraordinary and what he brings out of them. Probably along with Arsenal and Spurs, Liverpool have been the team generally apart from last season that have pushed City. I think they have got a chance."

Lineker had predicted that at the start of the season. And Shearer shares the Match of the Day presenter's sentiment and agrees that Liverpool is performing as he expected them to. With their formidable attacking line-up, Shearer is confident that Liverpool will continue to score goals. He also praised the signing of Dominik Szoboszlai, stating that it addresses a crucial need for strengthening in Liverpool's midfield.

However, Shearer does express some reservations about Liverpool's defensive capabilities. He believes that they may fall slightly short defensively when it comes to winning the title. This observation highlights the importance of having a solid defensive line to sustain a title challenge.

Both Lineker and Shearer's assessments reflect the general consensus among football pundits that Liverpool remains one of the strongest contenders for the Premier League title. The team's previous successes under Jurgen Klopp, including their triumph in the 2019-2020 season, further support these predictions.

As Liverpool prepares to face Manchester City, this highly anticipated match could have significant implications for the title race. A victory for Liverpool would not only boost their confidence but also send a message to their rivals that they are serious contenders. On the other hand, a defeat could create doubts and potentially widen the gap between Liverpool and the top of the table. says: A draw would not be a bad result here (it never is at the Etihad Stadium) but a victory would really put Liverpool in the center of the title race question. It would be a massive statement to go to Manchester and come away with three points, but even if the Reds draw and play well, that would be an admirable position to emerge in.


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