Former Manchester United coach backs Liverpool's title challenge

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Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen believes Liverpool have the credentials to challenge for this season's Premier League title.

The former Manchester United coach comes up against Brendan Rodgers' side tonight as Fulham take on Liverpool at Craven Cottage.

And Meulensteen has backed Liverpool to have a serious go at rivalling Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal for the Premier League title.

Liverpool, who are looking to win their first Premier League title, are currently seven points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.

The Dutchman, speaking before his side's clash against Liverpool, said on the north west giants: "They might be a dark horse and if other big teams stumble where you don’t expect them to and they can carry the momentum into April, you never know.

"But they’ve had an excellent season.

"It’s a good thing the striker in the middle is not an O as it’d be SOS. It has to be all hands on deck for us.

"We have to defend in a good compact manner. The defensive performance from Sunday was a massive improvement."

Meulensteen will be hoping his side can replicate their fine performance at Old Trafford on Sunday, where they claimed a point, against Liverpool tonight.

The Reds also go into the game high in confidence as Liverpool thrashed Arsenal 5-1 on Saturday.

Rodgers' side could stretch their lead over fifth-placed Tottenham tonight if they defeat Fulham and Spurs lose away at Newcastle.

While Meulensteen's Fulham can leapfrog fellow Premier League relegation candidates Cardiff by beating Liverpool.

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