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Liverpool real title contenders after Southampton win, says Jamie Redknapp
Jamie Redknapp says Liverpool proved against Southampton that they are serious title contenders.
Last Updated: 03/03/14 11:00am
Brendan Rodgers' side moved up to second place in the Premier League behind Chelsea following a classy 3-0 win at St Mary's on Saturday night thanks to goals from Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard.
Former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp felt a top-four finish was the main target for the Reds at the start of the season, but with just 10 games left to play and four points separating them from the top of the table, he says they should now set their sights even higher.
"What a statement that is of real intent and it shows the quality they have," he told Saturday Night Football.
"It was a very good Southampton side, but the movement of Suarez and Sturridge was absolutely unplayable at times.
"The top four was obviously the objective, but now they have to be looking at the title. They are in that good form.
"In the first half, they found it hard to find their flow. Southampton played extremely well, but Rodgers made a tactical change and brought on Sterling to add a little bit of pace. They really found their rhythm after that.
"It was a great result for Liverpool, make no mistake about it. Man City have struggled and other teams have found it difficult - but they picked them off in the end.
"Sturridge and Suarez - and I keep saying it - are what is making Liverpool fans believe they can win this title."
Injured Arsenal forward Theo Walcott was the special guest in the Saturday Night Football studio this week and paid tribute to Liverpool's strikers.
Suarez and Sturridge have netted 45 goals between them this season and he said that has been the key to their title push.
"You can't call it this year," Walcott said of the Premier League title race.
"You've got to give it to them definitely. With the men up front, Luis and Daniel, there is every opportunity.
"They seem to score goals whenever they want to. They take their foot off the gas and while Southampton had some good spells, I can't really recall them creating any chances.
"That shows that they just switch it on at times."