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Souness says Liverpool can challenge for title

Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness believes the team can mount a title challenge if they lay down a marker against Manchester United on Monday.

Liverpool takes on Manchester United at Anfield Stadium on Monday in a heated rivalry game. Former Reds manager Graeme Souness sees the game as a starting point to challenge for the Premier League title.

“The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool, I believe, is the biggest between any two clubs in English football,” Souness told Sky Sports.

“Liverpool have not won the league now for 20-plus years and they would love to put a marker down. If they do, I think it will say they have a real chance this year.

“I would be happy as a Liverpool supporter with top four. Right now, if you are a Liverpool supporter they are maybe thinking even more than top four.”

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry believes that United’s resolve will be tested at Anfield in the big rivalry match.

“At the minute they [United] are not playing extremely well. They have got some results but they are not playing extremely well,” Henry said.

“Last year the Manchester United of Louis van Gaal used to manage these games really well and maybe not the others. It’s how they are going to respond to what Liverpool throw at them and what face they are going to show.

“If United can skip Liverpool’s pressure, play a long pass – not a long ball – into Zlatan, if he plays, and then play from there, maybe that can be a tactic. It can be a way to play against them and it worked very well for Burnley.”

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