Mark Lawrenson: Premier League rivals fear Liverpool
Mark Lawrenson says opposition supporters are wary of Jurgen Klopp's impressive Liverpool side
Mark Lawrenson says the Premier League knows Liverpool are title contenders this season.
The Reds have been in impressive form over the past six weeks after a run of results which has included a 3-1 victory over defending champions Chelsea and a 4-1 win at Manchester City.
Momentum is massive in football and we now have that
Liverpool are six points behind Premier League leaders Leicester City ahead of their trip to Steve McClaren’s struggling Newcastle United side at St James’ Park on Sunday.
And Lawrenson, who won five top-flight crowns during the 1980s at Anfield, revealed how rival supporters are fearing a resurgent Reds outfit under Klopp.
“I’m often travelling the country, watching games involving many clubs and speaking to lots of different sets of supporters,” Lawrenson wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
“And let me tell you, they are almost all telling me the same thing.
“Liverpool are coming,” they say. They know we are on the up. And then they’ll add: “We wish we had a manager like Liverpool have.”
“There’s no doubt Jurgen Klopp has made a huge impact at Anfield. Momentum is massive in football and we now have that.”
Liverpool are unbeaten on the road in the Premier League since Klopp took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers following October’s Merseyside derby.
The Reds were 6-1 winners against Southampton in the League Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night thanks to Divock Origi’s hat-trick, Daniel Sturridge’s brace and Jordon Ibe’s second-half goal.