Many may feel that Manchester United have got the Premier League title just about in the bag, but one former Liverpool star is convinced his old club are within a whisker of becoming the real deal.
One-time Reds’ midfielder Jason McAteer reckons manager Rafa Benitez has finally got it right at Anfield.
McAteer told ‘Football Matters’ on Setanta Sports, Ã¢â‚¬Å“RafaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tinkering with the team has sometimes come unstuck but since the Real Madrid game he has played a regular team.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Week in, week out he has played the same team. Steven Gerrard has been injured and Liverpool have scored nine goals without him.Ã¢â‚¬Â
And even if Liverpool can’t stop United from winning the title this season, McAteer feels they will now be an attractive proposition for top players seeking summer moves.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think things can happen when he [Benitez] goes into the transfer market. Big players will be looking at this [season’s performance] and think Liverpool are close,” he added.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“They are very, very close. Steven Gerrard is there, Jamie Carragher is there and right through the spine of the team it is very strong.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rafa will have learnt a lot about his team since the Middlesbrough defeat where they were still in the title race and Champions League, probably learning a lot from his players and what he needs.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Graham Lister, Goal.com