Reds’ ti­tle

> Koe­man tips Liver­pool to win Pre­mier League, but says Klopps’ men not only con­tenders <

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

EVER­TON MAN­AGER Ron­ald Koe­man be­lieves Liver­pool can win the Pre­mier League ti­tle.

The Dutch­man, who re­placed Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park in June, has en­joyed a de­cent start to the cam­paign hav­ing bagged five vic­to­ries in his open­ing 11 Pre­mier League fixtures.

His praise for Jur­gen Klopp and his free-scor­ing side may not en­dear him to the blue half of Mersey­side but Koe­man doesn’t mind ad­mit­ting that Liver­pool are se­ri­ous challengers, along with Chelsea and Manch­ester City.

He told ESPN: “It’s still too early to say who will be the favourites, but I have been im­pressed by Liver­pool so far.

“Maybe that is not what you might ex­pect the Ever­ton man­ager to say, but they have been play­ing some very good foot­ball and de­serve to be at the top.

“They have goals in their team and this is what all suc­cess­ful sides need.

“Of course they can be cham­pi­ons this sea­son, they have a good chance, but they are not the only con­tenders.

“My Ever­ton team has played Manch­ester City and Chelsea in the last few weeks and both were very im­pres­sive. We man­aged to draw at City, but you could see the qual­ity of th­ese teams. “Then we all know what hap­pened at Chelsea, as we lost 5-0 and they put in a very good per­for­mance. “It was dif­fi­cult for us, but you have to be im­pressed from their side, so maybe they can also have a chance.” Koe­man also tipped Manch­ester United to chal­lenge for the ti­tle, de­spite an in­con­sis­tent start to the cam­paign.

He added: “I see this as a very open ti­tle race.

“You have four or five teams in con­tention and even though Manch­ester United have had some prob­lems so far, they can still go on a good run and put some wins to­gether.

“United have a new man­ager and they will im­prove in what is an un­pre­dictable Pre­mier League sea­son. Peo­ple ex­pect some­one like this with such a big record to win games in­stantly, but it is not so easy.

“Of course they can come back be­cause they have some top play­ers and a very good man­ager.” - Ex­press News­pa­pers

Poland’s Michal Paz­dan (right) vies for the ball with Slove­nia’s Nik Om­ladic dur­ing yes­ter­day’s in­ter­na­tional friendly in Wro­claw. The game ended 1-1 with Miha Mevlja giv­ing the visi­tors the lead in the 24th minute only for Lukasz Teodor­czyk to equalise for the Poles 11 min­utes be­fore time. REUTERSPIX

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