Liverpool's Early Form: Just a Fluke, or a Title-Winning Side in the Making?

Andrew WhittakerCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2008

After Sir Alex Ferguson's recent comments that Liverpool's impressive win over Chelsea was the result he wanted, I would find it interesting to discuss whether this is the general opinion amongst supporters.

"That was the result I wanted," said Ferguson with a grin. Knowing that most United fans would want nothing else than for the scousers to lose out, this seems an unusual remark.

Chelsea have been the main threat to United's success in recent years, but should he really dismiss Liverpool's challenge so easily?

After all, they have won more times than United this season, and have managed to achieve what United haven't been able to do for many years—beat Chelsea away.

This Liverpool team is without a doubt stronger than last season; Torres has a new partner in Keane, who, admittedly, hasn't found his previous level yet, but is still a classy striker.

They also have three world class central defenders in Carragher, Agger, and Skrtel, with Hyypia to back them up. They have been looking as solid as ever during this season, and Agger has fit in well since his return from injury.

His passing of the ball from defence is up there with the best in the league, and his assist against Wigan was very impressive. If he can keep up his form, Liverpool have a very good defence.

On the wings, Albert Riera has come in. He has impressed in the last couple of games against Wigan and Manchester City, and against United to be fair. He has proved to be a good buy and is perhaps the only winger, in the classic sense, that Liverpool have.

The midfield looks solid, with either Alonso, Lucas, or Mascherano to partner Gerrard in the engine room. Alonso has performed well in the absence of Mascherano, and Gerrard has, despite other claims, really been putting in some masterful displays, most recently in the win over Portsmouth.

However, one change from last season that hasn't been discussed as much, is Rafa Benitez's dismissal of the squad rotation system. Perhaps it was this factor that restricted Liverpool from showing their real strengths and prevented them, until now, from really challenging for the title.

Liverpool have won 26 points out of 30. They have beaten both United and Chelsea. So surely Fergie, and the rest of the league, should consider them as genuine title contenders.