Rio Ferdinand believes that Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Tottenham gave an “emphatic” response to claims that their hunt for the Premier League title is over.
Jurgen Klopp’s men ended a run of five games without a win and four without a goal by beating Spurs.
But as well as scoring three goals, Liverpool did so by looking back to their attacking best. Trent Alexander-Arnold showed a notable improvement and subsequently earned the Man of the Match award.
What’s more, the win lifted the Reds back into the top four and to within four points of leaders Manchester City.
Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Ferdinand fired a warning about Liverpool returning to their top form.
“I think Liverpool definitely needed this result,” the pundit said.
“Everybody’s been on their case. Is their season over in terms of challenging? I think they’ve answered that emphatically tonight.
“Yes they were given some gifts tonight but you’ve got to be there to take them.”
Errors from Eric Dier, Hugo Lloris and Joe Rodon allowed Liverpool to score their goals. However, Klopp will not care given his side’s recent struggles in front of goal.
Roberto Firmino scored his fifth goal in seven games against Tottenham, with Sadio Mane also on the scoresheet.
Mohamed Salah also had a goal disallowed in the second half, leading Ferdinand to send another warning about the impact the trio can still have despite Liverpool’s defensive problems.
Ferdinand points to Liverpool ‘force’
“Liverpool are going to be there or thereabouts,” he said.
“This strike force, yes they’ve had a bit of a blip in their form in front of goal, but these guys are seasoned in knowing how to be around the top of the league. They are going to be a force.
“Yes they’re missing main cogs in the backline but when you’ve got these types of strikers gaining confidence from this you’re always going to be in with a chance.”
Liverpool lost centre-back Joel Matip again, this time to a serious-looking ankle ligament issue. And with Fabinho also injured – despite his a more minor issue – reports have claimed again that the Reds could solve their defensive shortage.