Liverpool will be title contenders IF they sort out home form, claims Reds legend

first_imgLiverpool legend Ray Houghton is confident his former side can contend for the Premier League title this season if they can boost their indifferent home form.The Reds are just six points adrift of leaders Manchester City following an impressive turn of fortunes under new manager Jurgen Klopp.They have lost just once in 11 games since the German’s appointment, and their travels on the road have seen the impressive Merseysiders claims some big scalps, including a 3-1 win over Chelsea and a 4-1 drubbing at title favourites City.Their most recent trip away saw Liverpool smash Southampton 6-1 in the League Cup quarter-finals, with Daniel Sturridge scoring a brace on his return from injury and 20-year-old Divock Origi netting a hat-trick.And ex-midfielder Houghton, a League Cup winner with the Reds in 1986, believes they will have the chance to end their long wait for a league crown if Klopp finds a way to transfer their ‘quite brilliant’ away form to their Anfield home.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Houghton said: “Liverpool’s away form this season has been quite brilliant. We’ve beaten Stoke, Chelsea, Man City, had draws at Everton, Spurs and Arsenal and the only defeat they’ve had on the road has been against Manchester United. The points return against the top teams so far has been phenomenal.“But it’s at home where they’ve struggled. We’ve won just three of the seven league games at Anfield and they haven’t scored too many goals. But if they can get a bit of form from last night into their home games, they’ll be up there.“Liverpool are playing with confidence at the moment, we’ve got a bit of momentum and the manager is bright. He just makes the game simple, he doesn’t complicate and he’s not trying to invent something new. He’s very simplistic in his views and what he puts across.“I’ve watched loads of games this season and, for me, there isn’t one team who are running away with it and you could say are definites for the title.“Liverpool are six points off the top now and they’ve played all the top teams away from home, so if they can get their home form sorted out there’s no doubt that they can be up there competing to try and win it. I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t think that based on this season’s form.”last_img

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