Sky Sports pundit former Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp thinks that his old club are true contenders for a top four finish after beating Aston Villa away 1-0.
Liverpool are off to their best start in five years after beating Stoke and now Villa, with Redknapp saying that they were not at their best yesterday especially in the second half where they seemed content to hold onto their lead, but thinks they will be a force to be reckoned with once Luis Suarez comes back from his suspension.
“Their ambition should be to get into the top four this year,” said the Sky Sports man.
“The two Manchester clubs and Chelsea are a different class and I’ve said that before, but I think it’s between Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool for that other place.
“They’ve got to bridge that gap. Twelve points is too much for a club of Liverpool’s stature and they need to get a couple more players in.
“You can add the quality of Suarez if they manage to keep him. Iago Aspas looked ok today and I think he’s a decent player, but when you get Suarez in they’ll be an even better team.
“When you go away from home it’s all about grinding results out. They weren’t at their vintage best, but in the first-half they passed it really well and looked calm and composed.
“In the second half they did sit back a little bit and did try to hold on to what they had.”
The game was won on the 21st minute after a piece of master class finishing magic when Daniel Sturridge beat to defenders and sent goalkeeper Brad Guzan the wrong way before putting the ball in the roof of the net with the outside of his left boot.
“Brendan Rodgers will be well aware that when you bring Suarez back in, how do you fit them both into the system? But I always feel if you’ve got good players you can find a way.”
He added: “Sturridge was an absolute nuisance for Okore and Vlaar and was always pulling into good areas.
“The relationship between Coutinho and Sturridge just gets better and better. His goal was a beautiful piece of individual brilliance.
“Brendan Rodgers will be well aware that when you bring Suarez back in, how do you fit them both into the system? But I always feel if you’ve got good players you can find a way.
“I think you could play Suarez in behind Sturridge in the role that Aspas played today. I don’t see that as a problem.