Owen insists Reds WILL challenge City for the EPL title despite stuttering start


Ex-Liverpool striker Michael Owen insists that the Reds are still genuine contenders for the Premier League title this season despite their inconsistent start to the campaign.

Jurgen Klopp’s side pushed champions Manchester City all the way in 2021-22, only missing out on top spot by one point after a dramatic final day.

However, after six games of the new season, they are already five points behind City and six behind early leaders Arsenal.

But Owen believes that a 2-1 win over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday night, courtesy of Joel Matip’s 89th-minute goal, will give Liverpool a platform to build on.

‘They have had an average start,’ Owen said on BT Sport after the game at Anfield. ‘In the league you don’t want to be giving Manchester City a head start, but it’s nothing they cannot recover from.

‘You don’t turn into a bad team overnight. They will be back, but need to do it before teams get away from them.’

Liverpool recorded their biggest ever Premier League win with a 9-0 thrashing of Bournemouth in August, but that is one of just two domestic victories they have earned so far. The other was only secured in the eighth minute of second half stoppage time against Newcastle.

The Reds were beaten 2-1 by a Manchester United side who were bottom of the table before kick-off, while they have been held to draws by Fulham, Crystal Palace and Everton.

A humiliating 4-1 defeat against Napoli in the Champions League last week asked more questions of Klopp and his team before they bounced back against Ajax.

Owen insists that Liverpool will only get better when they get into a rhythm of playing at the weekend and in midweek.

‘I think Liverpool are at their best when they play twice a week,’ the former England striker said. ‘They get lots of training ground injuries, but if you play twice a week you have recovery days.

‘I think when Liverpool get deep into the season they will come into their own. [Winning against Ajax is a] relief, it’s another step closer to being back where they belong.’

The Reds’ game away at Chelsea this weekend is postponed due to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral and it is then the international break, meaning they do not play again until October 1 against Brighton.

But after that, Klopp’s side do not have a clear midweek until the club season pauses to accommodate the World Cup in mid-November.


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