Former player Jamie Redknapp has expressed confidence that Liverpool can win the league this season despite their poor title defence last term.
The Reds struggled in 2020/21 due to an injury crisis – especially within the defence – and finished third in the table.
Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the season in October after injuring his ACL and his defensive partner Joe Gomez also suffered a season-ending injury early on in the season.
The return of van Dijk, in particular, has given Jurgen Klopp’s men a great chance to challenge for the title this season.
However, the Anfield club are being overlooked by Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea in the title race.
All three opposing clubs drastically improved their starting XI in the summer transfer market, whereas Liverpool’s only major signing was Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
The signing of Konate was secured as early as May, which gave Reds fans hope the club would continue to spend big in the summer.
But that did not happen as Klopp was forced to rely on returning players from injury as opposed to bringing new faces in.
Despite this, Redknapp fancies Liverpool’s title chances this season.
“They can win the league, make no mistake about it”, he told Sky Sports after the Reds’ 3-0 win against Leeds United on Sunday.
“Last year there was no chance because they were playing with one hand behind their back, they lost virtually their whole defence at one point in the season.
“They lost their confidence up front and everything went wrong and everything transpired and they had no chance.
“But this year, with the front three that they have got, and they have got the best centre back in the league in Virgil Van Dijk, he gives them every opportunity to win the league.”
The win at Elland Road was overshadowed by a horror injury sustained by Liverpool teenager Harvey Elliott.
Elliott was stretchered off after a tackle by Leeds defender Pascal Struijk. Despite no intent from the Dutchman, he was sent off by referee Craig Pawson for the challenge.
He updated fans on his condition, posting on his Instagram story on Sunday evening: ‘Thank you for the messages guys! Road to recovery YNWA.”