Santi Cazorla: Liverpool are serious title contenders

Santi Cazorla believes that Liverpool have already underlined their Premier League title credentials after a strong start to the season

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Santi Cazorla joined Arsenal from Malaga last summer Photo: Back Page Images

Santi Cazorla believes that Liverpool have already underlined their Premier League title credentials after a strong start to the Premier League season.

Brendan Rodgers’ men are currently second in the table, just two points behind league leaders Arsenal after 11 games played.

Cazorla netted the opener as Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-0 at Emirates Stadium at the start of the month, but the Spaniard believes that the Merseysiders must be considered as serious contenders for the top-flight title this term.

“The Premier League is very open,” Cazorla told El Pais. “[Manchester] United beat us and they are now only five points behind, just like that things can change.

“And then there is Liverpool, who are the surprise of the campaign and I think are serious candidates because they have strengthened well.

“They have put together a compact team and they have the advantage of only playing in one competition [rather than in Europe].

“But look at [Manchester] City, who lost against Sunderland, or Tottenham, who lost at home. The Premier League is not easy, it’s not Spain, it’s more equal.”

Cazorla also believes that Arsenal’s improved form this season has been down to a more mature approach from Arsene Wenger’s men.

“We’ve matured, I think,” he added. “It’s nice to see yourself top, it gives you strength and confidence, but there’s a long way to go.

“We had to be more consistent and we are now, that is a defect that we have corrected. The team is not as ‘innocent’, we are committing fewer errors.

“Last year, through forgetfulness or lack of concentration, we lost games stupidly and we have learned from that.”

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