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Former Manchester United striker believes this year could be Liverpool’s year

Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke believes fierce rivals Liverpool are one of a number of teams who could win the Premier League this season. The side from Merseyside last won the league in 1990, a whopping 26-years-ago however the ex-United man insists Jurgen Klopp’s side have a “genuine chance” of bringing their title drought to an end. Liverpool have started the season well, having lost just one of their opening seven league games thus far (the 2-0 away defeat to Burnley) and sit three points clear of United ahead of Monday’s crunch clash at Anfield.

Liverpool have not tasted top-flight glory for over a quarter of a century although Yorke – who was part of United’s treble-winning side in 1999 – believes this year, could be their year. Dwight Yorke, speaking exclusively to 888sport, said:

“This is the year where four, even five, teams could win it. It’s very hard to predict who is going to win which is a good thing because in seasons past it was easy to say who would finish in the top two. That’s not the case anymore and Liverpool have a genuine chance of winning the Premier League this year that’s for sure.

“It’s a game full of history and rivalry but perhaps not so much in the modern-day. This was the game we all looked forward to in my day but now with the two Manchester clubs being where they are that is the bigger game. I’m sure there will be one or two people disappointed in me saying that. The Liverpool game still have the intensity and history but the derby is bigger now.

“Mourinho is a man who has been around with great success and if he plays the right team and system we will get something from it. There is more fluency in the side now but under Klopp Liverpool are full of confidence and playing some good football now. Going to Anfield is never easy as I know from my experiences there.”

United head to Anfield on Monday evening in what is undoubtedly the game of the weekend. Jose Mourinho’s men have won their last two league meetings at Liverpool, including the 1-0 victory courtesy of Wayne Rooney’s strike earlier this year, however, have struggled to get going so far this season. United are currently sixth in the league, five points adrift of leaders Manchester City following the drab 1-1 draw against Stoke City last time out. There’s no doubting Klopp’s side look good going forward, they’ve scored the most goals in the league so far (18), level with Manchester City, however, have shipped the most goals (10) in the top half of the table and I’m sure Mourinho will be looking to target Liverpool’s shaky defence on Monday.

Mourinho’s side face a tough couple of weeks following the international break, after United’s trip to Anfield on Monday, the Reds then host Fenerbahce in the Europa League later next week before traveling to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea next weekend. Then just a few days later there’s the small matter of the EFL Cup round of 16 tie against rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford.

Read the full 888sport interview with Dwight Yorke, including his thoughts that Southgate’s disrespect of Rooney was a disgrace

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