Former Liverpool captain and current Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard reckons his former club have a genuine chance of challenging for the Premier League title next season.
The 38-year-old once again hailed the impact of Reds manager Jurgen Klopp and the improvements he has made since taking over at Anfield in October 2015.
Despite Liverpool needing a last day win over Brighton last season to confirm a fourth place finish in the Premier League, they went on a superb run to the Champions League final. Although they were ultimately beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in Kiev, Gerrard believes they have momentum heading into this coming campaign:
“I think Liverpool are very close, I think they are knocking on the door (of winning the league),” Gerrard told Press Association Sport.
“I am delighted with where Liverpool are right now. Of course I wanted them to win the Champions League and I’m disappointed they never (did), but when you look at the big picture – and the journey they are on – it is a very exciting time being part of this Liverpool set-up.
“They have a terrific manager leading the charge and they have started making improvements and as a fan and an ex-player it is great to see.”
However, Liverpool finished a whopping 25 points behind Premier League Champions Manchester City last season, and Gerrard also admitted that it will be difficult for any team to catch Pep Guardiola’s superb side.
“The million dollar question.
“The gap has been big in terms of points not just for Liverpool but the chasing pack.” he continued.
“I am sure Man City will strengthen again so it is a big ask but I think Liverpool are realistic title contenders going in next season.
“The form, how they played against City, they have proved they are capable.
“The challenge for Liverpool is can they do it over 38 games?”