All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…
There is only one place to start, and that is with Liverpool’s outstanding 3-0 victory away to Manchester United.
Two Steven Gerrard penalties and a late strike from Luis Suarez gave Brendan Rodgers’ side the victory, propelling them back up to second in the Premier League and giving them a very good chance of claiming the title come May.
That is something Gerrard now believes is a valid option, after he said the following to the BBC earlier today:
“We’ve showed that we are genuine contenders and we are going to fight to the end for this. We believe that we can win the league.”
Few who have seen them play recently would disagree, and it will be a very interesting run-in given the fact that Chelsea dropped points yesterday before the Reds emphatically beat their fierce rivals just 24 hours later.
In other news, Millwall manager Ian Holloway has hailed Gerrard as the greatest player of the Premier League era never to win a league title.
That is a bold statement, but it is one Holloway obviously feels passionate about. He also hailed Rodgers’ change of tactic, bringing the midfielder into a deeper-lying position.
Writing in the Mirror, the manager said, “His reinvention as a deep-lying, deep-thinking midfielder…has been one of the highlights of the season.”
And finally, Bayern Munich midfield Xherdan Shaqiri has been speaking about the reported interest in him, with Liverpool tipped to be among those interested if he were to ever leave the Allianz Arena.
In an exclusive interview with Goal, Shaqiri said, “When you hear these names, of course you have to listen to the offer, but there is nothing concrete.”
If he ever was to join Liverpool, it is terrifying just how attackingly-proficient they could become.