Ronald Koeman backs Liverpool for the title

Published by on November 15, 2016

Liverpool are being widely tipped for the title having gone into the international break top of the Premier League table.

SkyBet are offering odds of 5/2 for the Reds to lift the trophy in May, boosted by their 6-1 thrashing of Watford just over a week ago.

It seems they have an unlikely ally, too, in the form of Everton boss Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman is hoping his own side can compete for a European place after several years in the wilderness under Roberto Martinez. The Toffees are perhaps closer to the Reds in terms of quality than they have been for a while, but their defence could still do with strengthening in January.

As for Liverpool, though, he said via ESPN:

“It’s still too early to say who will be the favourites, but I have been impressed by Liverpool so far.

“Maybe that is not what you might expect the Everton manager to say, but they have been playing some very good football and deserve to be at the top. They have goals in their team and this is what all successful sides need.

“Of course they can be champions this season, they have a good chance, but they are not the only contenders.

Unsurprisingly, the former Southampton boss also singled out Chelsea, having seen his side humbled 5-0 at Stamford Bridge before the break.

 

“We all know what happened at Chelsea, as we lost 5-0 and they put in a very good performance,” he added.

“It was difficult for us, but you have to be impressed from their side, so maybe they can also have a chance.”

Liverpool’s next test comes away at Southampton, while Chelsea will visit Middlesbrough. It’s too early to call who will go all the way, but both sides are undoubtedly in the reckoning with four months of the season gone.