Redknapp: Liverpool are the team everyone is scared of

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes that the entire Premier League are now scared of Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side.

The Reds' hopes of lifting the Premier League title were given a massive boost as Steven Gerrard scored an injury time penalty to see off struggling Fulham in a 3-2 win, capitalising on slip-ups from Chelsea and Arsenal in the process.

Their 5-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield last weekend has provided renewed hope to Liverpool fans, as they completely ripped apart one of their title rivals in one of the most stunning games of the season so far.

With strong contributions in the attacking third from the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and England World Cup hopeful Raheem Sterling, Liverpool are a dangerous side who can score at any time, and Redknapp, who played for the Reds between 1991 and 2002, believes it's that attacking prowess that makes them the team to fear as the end of season run-in draws ever closer.

It’s going to be incredibly tight and it’s tough to predict how it will all finish up,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “However, I certainly feel Liverpool have a big part to play in how it will look at the end of the season. Liverpool are the team everyone is scared of at the moment – they have the best striker in the league in Luis Suárez and they also don’t have any Champions League games coming up to worry about, so can rest, recuperate and prepare for each of their final 12 Premier League games.”

The assertion that everyone in the Premier League fears Liverpool may be somewhat overstated, but they are certainly in the title race at this point, sitting just four points behind leaders Chelsea, and Redknapp raised a key point – Liverpool have no European commitments. Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City are all in Champions League action in coming weeks, facing Galatasaray, Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively.

All three teams will aim to be champions of England, but they all have ambitions of lifting the Champions League trophy, and with tough games on the horizon, they will have to decide which tournament is more important – which could play right into Liverpool's hands.

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