Monday night football pits together two of England’s heavyweights as Manchester United travel to Merseyside to take on Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League.
The Reds have enjoyed a far stronger start to the season than their fierce rivals, with three more points and five more goals to boast from seven games played so far.
Are Liverpool favourites for tonight’s match v Man Utd?
Paul Scholes thinks so…
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With summer spending topping £67 million and manager Jurgen Klopp signing a new long-term contract, expectations are steadily rising.
Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore have been having their say on what they believe would represent a success for the German and his side.
Former England international Fowler remained grounded on a Premier League title challenge and believes Champions League qualification should be top of the agenda.
“Ultimately the Champions League, I know the fans and everyone outside the club is suddenly talking about a title fight, and as a player as well, you want to win stuff,” he told The Mirror.
“But the bottom line these days is Europe, and so the top four is a success.”
Collymore and Fowler scored an impressive 55 goals between them during their first season together at Anfield and the partnership is proving as strong as ever with the 45-year-old agreeing with his former team mate.
“A top-four finish. Could they win title? Yes. But in terms of what the minimum expectation is, bearing in mind the club have put so much faith in this guy – he has signed an extension to his contract already so top four and Champions League football for England’s most successful European club is an absolute minimum.”
Collymore pushed his point further, stating that anything less than top four would be a failure.
“If he finishes fifth I don’t care what any Liverpool fan says about the smile or the tempo, he was there to get them back to the top table of English football,” he said.
Klopp is clearly going to have to improve on last season’s eighth place finish if he is to keep the Kop faithful and former Anfield stars happy.