Date: 1st November 2016 at 5:08pm
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Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes his former club have the credentials to lift the 2016/17 Premier League title.

The 38-year-old, who is now a Sky Sports pundit, was impressed by the Reds’ 4-2 victory away to Crystal Palace at the weekend and believes Jurgen Klopp’s squad are the “real deal” this campaign.

Saturday evening’s result kept Liverpool joint-top of the English top-flight, level on 23 points alongside Manchester City and Arsenal, although they officially sit in third place on goal difference.

29 October 2016 - Premier League Football - Crystal Palace v LiverpoolRoberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates scoring their 4th goalPhoto: Charlotte Wilson

Roberto Firmino scored the Reds’ fourth and final goal against Palace – Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside.

Nevertheless, Carragher, speaking on Sky Sports, was delighted with the Reds’ performance at Selhurst Park, “If someone had said Liverpool would have been sixth or seventh and a couple of points off top four at this stage of the season, I think Liverpool fans would have been delighted because of the tough start they had.

“Now to be that close to the top of the table, it gives you great hope going forward.

“We’ve spoken before about them having no European football and you see them not playing a full team in the EFL Cup against Spurs.”

The former centre-back added, “I know defensively it still looks like they have big problems, but their intensity with the ball and the way they close people down, it’s reminiscent of a couple of years ago.

“I go back to that season under Brendan Rodgers, and don’t forget that extra energy, that intensity, closing people down and fast football almost took Liverpool to the title. That extra energy, intensity and fast football.

“To go there [Crystal Palace] and win so emphatically probably sent a message what with it being on TV with everyone watching thinking: ‘These [Liverpool] are the real deal.'”
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