Mark Lawrenson has insisted that people are wrong to write off Liverpool as they pursue their second straight Premier League title.
The Reds sit top of the Premier League 16 games into the season. They have nine wins and just one defeat, which came in shocking fashion against Aston Villa.
But Jurgen Klopp’s side have already drawn six times in the league. Two of these stalemates have come in their most recent games against West Brom and Newcastle United.
This dip in form has seen Manchester United close in their rivals. The Red Devils can go level on points with Liverpool if they win their game in hand.
Lawrenson told BBC Sport that despite them dropping points in previous games, Liverpool’s title credentials should not be questioned:
“If they were not creating chances then it would be a serious worry, but they are still making loads of them.
“If they had nicked a goal at Newcastle on Wednesday, which obviously they could and should have done, then they would have won, gone five points clear and everyone would be saying ‘who is going to stop Liverpool now?’
“Instead, it is a case of ‘well, they are only three points clear’. It’s a fine line, that changes people’s perceptions of how a team is doing when it really shouldn’t do. I’ve spoken to Liverpool fans who tell me ‘oh, we’re not doing well at the moment, and we can’t put away our chances’.
“My response is usually quite dry and along the lines of ‘no, they are only top of the league and with half their team missing – and that front three have been terrible for the past three years, haven’t they?’
“Being serious though, teams don’t win the league by 15 points every year. This is what usually happens with the ebb and flow over the course of a season when you are challenging for the title – and you have to remember Liverpool are not being beaten either. The reaction when they do drop points just shows you the standards they have set.”