Martin Keown: Why Liverpool FC can feel confident in title race
The Arsenal legend believes Liverpool FC can take confidence from their 0-0 draw with Man City last weekend
Martin Keown believes Liverpool FC will take plenty of encouragement from their 0-0 draw with defending champions Manchester City last weekend as the Reds look to win their first Premier League title.
The Merseyside outfit have remained unbeaten after eight games in the Premier League this season after Liverpool FC won their opening six top-flight fixtures of the current campaign.
The Reds eased to a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last month, courtesy of goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino in the English capital.
Daniel Sturridge netted an 88th-minute equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw with Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge earlier this month to keep their unbeaten record in tact.
Manchester City made the trip to Anfield last weekend as Liverpool FC’s difficult fixtures continue and Pep Guardiola’s men appeared to be on the brink of a significant win.
However, Riyad Mahrez missed from the penalty spot after Virgil van Dijk brought down Leroy Sane in the final minutes of normal time.
Liverpool FC are level on points with Manchester City and Chelsea FC at the top of the Premier League table.
Former Arsenal star Keown believes Liverpool FC will be feeling good about their title prospects following their record against their rivals this season.
“This could well be a penalty [the miss from Mahrez] we are talking about for weeks,” Keown told the Daily Mail when asked by a reader how important Mahrez’s miss will be in the context of the season.
“Ruud van Nistelrooy’s miss against Arsenal at Old Trafford in September 2003 proved hugely significant as we went unbeaten for the whole season.
“Liverpool have already beaten Tottenham at Wembley, taken a point from Stamford Bridge and now held the champions.
“To remain unbeaten after these tricky fixtures will give Liverpool huge belief.
“For Manchester City, failing to win at Anfield could be a huge blow.”
Klopp is looking to become the first Liverpool FC manager to win the Premier League after Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez and Brendan Rodgers led the Reds to second-placed finishes in 2002, 2009 and 2014.
The Reds have signed Virgil van Dijk, Allison Becker, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xheran Shaqiri in the calendar year so far.
Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last term, before losing 3-1 to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the Champions League final back in May.