Liverpools' Battle Cry Warns Manchester United Not to Get Too Comfy

Antony Herbert@LeeUwishWritingAnalyst IIIMay 9, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09:  Maxi Rodriguez of Liverpool celebrates scoring in front of the Liverpool fans during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage on May 9, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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With a triumphant win over Chelsea, Manchester United can already taste the champagne as they head towards an unprecedented 19th league title. 

Yet Liverpool, who once held the record, showed their best feet in a 5-2 thrashing of Fulham that demonstrated their intent on overturning their many years facing frustration in the shadows of Alex Ferguson's men.

For certain, supporters of Manchester United will believe they can build upon this season and attempt to claim a 20th title in the next campaign. 

Surely now however, they will feel a slight feeling of angst in watching a resilient and revelatory Liverpool side net 15 times in the last three games.

Maxi Rodriguez claimed an empathic second hat-trick in three fixtures, along side a Dirk Kuyt chance strike that stumbled past Mark Schwarzer, and a Luis Suarez goal which epitomised the class of both himself and the team throughout the game.

Fulham were demolished in the first 15 minutes, as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 lead, making a comeback from the home side seem unlikely. 

The Cottagers may have sniffed an upset when their only dominant spell in the second half culminated in a beautiful strike from Moussa Dembele. 

Yet Maxi Rodriguez responded with a belter of his own, firing deep into Fulham's goal and effectively halting any hope of a high score draw.

Suarez then gained a just reward for his hand in Liverpool's early strikes by meeting a Jonjo Shelvey cross and ditching Mark Schwarzer, as he made goal scoring look relatively easy. 

A late smash from Fulham's Steve Sidwell highlighted the strength in quality of goals to emerge from the match, but only served to soften the crushing blow of the heavy defeat. 

This was after all a Fulham team with an impressive home record this season. 

Tonight also shone further positive spotlight on the new crop of Anfield heroes set to develop under Kenny Dalglish, with Jay Spearing and John Flanagan featuring heavily amongst the match winning spectacles of Rodriguez and Suarez. 

Heavy victories over Birmingham and Fulham went hand in hand with comfortable wins over both Manchester sides and Chelsea.

The question on everyones' lips—what is to stop Liverpool from running away with the 2011/12 title?

In fact if end of season form were to dictate next seasons proceedings, then Manchester United could end up a lonely third, trailing both Liverpool and Chelsea, with both showing electrifying form at the back end of this campaign.

The battle cry from Anfield has well and truly been sung. If rival teams were not intimidated by Liverpool's attacking prowess before, they most definitely will be now. 

Many are keen to disregard the Kop sides credentials, but tonight's match will go some way into striking fear into each and every one of their rivals. It is the beginning of a riveting resurgence for the Merseyside squad and the whole world is now watching in anticipation.