Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't think Liverpool can be considered as title challengers as they need eight players to be at the title-winning standard of Manchester United, reports The Manchester Evening News.

The former United boss, who retired from the game at the end of last season, doesn't believe the Merseyside outfit are good enough to claim league success.

During his time as the Red Devils boss, Ferguson overhauled Liverpool's record of 18 league titles as he led the Old Trafford outfit to 20 top flight championships. 

Ferguson believes the club have not moved on and are not at the same level of his former club or Manchester City.

In his book, Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography, the former Red Devils boss said: "For Liverpool to return to the level of us and Manchester City was clearly going to require huge investment. Anfield has not moved on."

"Even the dressing rooms are the same as 20 years ago. My reading of their squad was that they needed eight players to come up to title-winning standard."

Currently, without Ferguson at the helm, Liverpool sit in third place in the table, while United are way back in eighth place, but with a long way to go, it will be interesting to see where the two clubs finish at the end of the season. 

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