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Flanagan: Rivals are worried

Jon Flanagan says Liverpool have put down a Premier League title marker by hammering Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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Jon Flanagan: Liverpool defender believes they have laid down a title marker

Jon Flanagan: Liverpool defender believes they have laid down a title marker

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Liverpool's comfortable 3-0 win has underlined their credentials as they aim to win a first championship since 1990, and afterwards captain Steven Gerrard insisted they are genuine contenders.

Liverpool are just four points behind leaders Chelsea with a match in hand, lead Arsenal on goal difference and are two points in front of Manchester City, although Manuel Pellegrini's side have two games in hand.

"I think they are going to be worried," said the Liverpool full-back.

"We put a marker down (at Old Trafford). I think we are ready to push on and keep going.

"We all believe but our priority was top four at the start of the season. We are on track for that and anything else is a bonus.

"It's always good when you see other teams around us getting beat. We saw the Chelsea result (losing at Aston Villa on Saturday) but we just concentrate on ourselves.

"We are just taking it a game at a time and keeping our feet on the ground."

Liverpool's defence have now had back-to-back clean sheets after conceding in five games in a row and Flanagan puts that down to their efforts on the training pitch at Melwood.

"All the lads are working hard," added Flanagan.

"We have had a bit of criticism about our back four lately but we have been working hard in training and keeping it tight.

"To keep clean sheets has been great for us and hopefully we can keep many more.

"It's not just the back four, it's the whole team working hard in defending as well, so the manager has been working hard and we are just trying to put that in our game."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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