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Shearer and Murphy’s views on Liverpool title battle from Man Utd and Leicester

Liverpool realistically have few rivals for the Premier League title, according to both Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy.

The Reds sit three points clear of closest challengers and neighbours Everton after 15 games played.

Jurgen Klopp’s reigning champions suffered a blip on Sunday evening as they were held to a 1-1 draw by relegation-threatened West Brom.

Sam Allardyce’s side pulled off a shock result at Anfield to raise some eyebrows at other Premier League clubs.

Leicester and Manchester United are the other two teams to make up the top four slots.

They drew 2-2 at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day, with the result leaving Leicester and United four and five points off Liverpool respectively.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils, though, have a game in hand on the top three.

On BBC’s Match Of The Day, Gary Lineker asked: "Realistically, can any of these sides (Leicester and United) win the title? Only if something goes wrong at Liverpool?"

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Murphy responded: "I can't see it. I think Liverpool are too strong and too confident."

Premier League pundit Shearer added: "(Both teams) challenging for top four."

Their views may have changed somewhat, however, after watching the Reds slip up against West Brom.

The shock results was not one that fans saw coming, and the 2,000 that visited Anfield on Sunday will have left frustrated at the outcome.

Liverpool are next in action on Wednesday when they go to Newcastle (8pm).

The rest of the top four all play before then and can pile pressure on Klopp’s side.

Leicester go to out-of-form Crystal Palace on Monday (3pm), Everton host fifth-placed Manchester City that night (8pm), and United host Wolves on Tuesday evening (8pm).

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