‘Liverpool can win the Premier League title this season’
Former Reds boss Roy Evans is confident Kenny Dalglish's men can challenge for the league this term
Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans is convinced The Reds can end their 21-year wait and lift the Premier League title this season.
Evans, who was in charge at Anfield between 1994 and 1998, believes it would be foolish to dismiss Liverpool’s chances of winning the league and has hailed the club’s development since John Henry completed his takeover.
The Reds, still searching for their first league title since 1990, host rivals Manchester United on Saturday – and Evans believes victory over Sir Alex Ferguson’s side will give Liverpool the confidence they need to challenge for honours.
“We could do it this year, never write Liverpool off,” said Evans. “You have got to believe you can win it. There’s no point being in it if you don’t think you can win it, certainly at Liverpool’s level – that’s where you’ve got to be.
“You’ve got to have in your mind that, if you went on a bit of a run, you have got a chance. We’ve got to keep progressing. We could do it this year, never write Liverpool off.
“There’s still plenty of football to go. Liverpool play Manchester United on Saturday at Anfield and, if we beat them, it will set them back a little bit and give us lots of confidence.”
“Liverpool are going the right way, they are going forward – and I think it’s been a fantastic year under John Henry.”
Liverpool owner Henry has pinpointed Champions League qualification as the minimum requirement this season after investing £115m in new players since his takeover.
And Evans is confident that target is achievable following slow starts to the campaign by top four rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.
“Manchester United look strong and Manchester City are progressing but a few of the others seem to have dropped away,” Evans added.
“Arsenal don’t seem to be what they were and Tottenham are just starting to find their feet after a slow start. If we can get ourselves in that top four where we should be, that will be great progress.”