Liverpool were left behind in the transfer window but Mohamed Salah’s goals and Virgil van Dijk’s return shows they can’t be ruled out of the Premier League title race

“Fenway’s got no money but we’ll still win the league!”

Liverpool fans were heard singing this hilarious chant as their beloved team raced to a 3-0 win at Leeds, however, it raised an important conversation about the Reds’ title credentials.

Liverpool look bad to their old selves so surely have to be considered title contenders
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With Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all spending big in the summer, Liverpool made just one signing to leave many feeling Jurgen Klopp’s men were being left behind in the title race.

Not everyone feels that way though. Noel Gallagher, a diehard Man City fan who doesn’t need a second invitation to stick the boot in to Liverpool, is very wary.

“How anyone is counting Liverpool out of this title race is a joke. They are one of the top three teams in Europe, no question about it,” he told talkSPORT. “When they get going they are very difficult to stop.”

The Premier League table currently suggests Liverpool are very much contenders as they’re among the group of early pace-setters in third.

Liverpool have won three times and drawn once from their first four league matches this term
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A win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, live on talkSPORT 2, will put Liverpool top with Everton, Man United and Chelsea (who also have ten points) featuring later in the weekend.

Bar the second half of last season, the Premier League summit is a place where Liverpool have become accustomed to in recent seasons.

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Just over a year ago they’d romped to the title with seven matches to spare and the vast majority of the title-winning squad are still at Anfield now.

Virgil van Dijk, who’s now back from his ACL injury sustained last season, has restored calm to Liverpool’s defence and it’s had an effect across the pitch.

Van Dijk sustained the injury in October and returned in July
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Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, who were some way off the levels they’d reached in the previous two seasons, can get forward at will knowing they’ve got cover behind them.

Some of that cover will be provided by Fabinho, who spent large parts of last season at centre-back, but Van Dijk’s return and the signing of Ibrahima Konate mean the Brazilian can fully focus on being brilliant in midfield this term.

Fabinho is forming a strong partnership in midfield with Thiago Alcantara, who’s now settled in at Liverpool, too. The pair haven’t lost in the nine league matches they’ve started together.

Fabinho and Thiago have won eight and drawn once in the nine league matches they have started together
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And Liverpool are also back to their old selves up top as a result. Mohamed Salah deserves a special mention with four goals in all competitions this season.

“Liverpool are good enough to win football matches and if that means they’re going to be consistent in all competitions then that’s what they can do,” John Barnes told talkSPORT.

“Not to say they can win everything but this Premier League now with Romelu Lukaku coming to Chelsea, Cristiano Ronaldo going to Manchester United…

“In the previous two years before last season it was always Man City and Liverpool. Had Liverpool had everyone fit last season I think it would have been between them and Man City.

Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal last weekend and looks set for many more this season
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“Liverpool aren’t bothered about everyone talking about Chelsea and Manchester United because expectations are still there on Liverpool.”

So once you get over the circus of a Ronaldo return or Jack Grealish in Man City’s sky blue, you realise Liverpool are still a pretty damn good team.

But being considered out of the title race is something Klopp and co will be just fine with.

Listen to full commentary of Liverpool vs Crystal Palace live on talkSPORT 2, kick-off 3pm

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