By Jack Malone

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that it is too soon to write off Manchester United’s title challenge as the two clubs prepare for a Premier League showdown at Anfield on October 17.

The pundit stated that despite United’s mixed start to the season, he expected them to be “right up there” when the curtain closes next May.

“It probably feels like that [Liverpool more likely to win title than United] now, because of how Liverpool have started the season, but it was only two or three days ago we were saying it was going to be a shoot-out for the league between United and City,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“The manager has got great experience of winning the Premier League, so I certainly wouldn’t write Manchester United off at such an early stage.”

Carragher’s comments come off the back of Liverpool’s four-game winning streak which has catapulted them into fourth spot in the league, two places ahead of their old rivals.

The Reds have won five of their opening seven matches, beating Arsenal, Leicester City and Chelsea in the process.

Meanwhile United have stuttered in recent weeks; they have tasted victory only once in their last four Premier League games, having picked up maximum points from their first three fixtures.

But if they come out on top in the crucial clash on Merseyside next Monday, the Red Devils will go level on points with their old enemy.

The match up between England’s two most-decorated sides is always a highlight in the season, but there seems to be an added spice to this particular fixture.

It is rare that both sides go into this game with title aspirations, but with Liverpool’s form and United’s squad of superstars, this is set to be the biggest derby in years.

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