Bruce Grobbelaar backs Liverpool to win the Premier League – but is reserving judgement on Alisson
Liverpool have got what it takes to clinch the Premier League crown this season, according to Kop legend Bruce Grobbelaar.
The former Reds keeper was part of the club’s last title-winning side in 1990 and he believes a painful 29-year wait could end next May.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have made a perfect start to the campaign with five wins out of five ahead of Saturday’s clash with Southampton at Anfield.
“This team is good enough to win the league,” he told the ECHO.
“You could see the quality against PSG this week but what I also saw was hunger.
“Now we have a strong bench. The players are pushing each other and that’s a great position to be in.
“Daniel Sturridge came in and scored a goal. Roberto Firmino came off the bench and got the winner.
“That gives the manager a dilemma. Which one does he start against Southampton? It’s a nice problem to have.
“I’d give up all my medals for Liverpool to win the title this season. It’s been far too long.
“Jurgen Klopp has done a great job but I feel like we have to win something. The league is the ‘something’ we all want. It’s what the fans want more than anything else. We were brought up on winning league titles.”
If Liverpool beat Saints on Saturday it will be the first time the club have ever won their first seven competitive fixtures of a season.
Back in 1990/91, Grobbelaar was part of Kenny Dalglish’s side which rattled off eight straight league wins but that was only after drawing the Charity Shield with Manchester United.
“Come on, they have to win eight in a row in the league before they break our record,” Grobbelaar smiled.
“You don’t count the Charity Shield! That’s a mickey mouse game. You start with the first league game and we won 10 in a row that season, including the League Cup games.”
Grobbelaar insists it’s too early to asses the impact of new Liverpool No 1 Alisson Becker, who arrived from Roma for £65million this summer.
“I’ll give my verdict after the Christmas period,” he said.
“You can’t make judgements at this stage. He gave a few balls away against PSG, passing them into the midfield. But he’s still adjusting and settling in.
“Scrutiny comes with life at Liverpool and Alisson will have to get used to that. Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet both had very spells but they couldn’t sustain it. “
Grobbelaar, who is in the UK promoting his new autobiography ‘Life In A Jungle’, was in the away end at Wembley for last weekend’s impressive triumph over Tottenham.
“Some fans didn’t expect me to be standing with them,” he added.
“They asked: ‘Why aren’t you being wined and dined with the prawn sandwich brigade?’ I said: ‘Leave it out, I’m just a fan.’
“I jumped on the train with the fans coming back to Liverpool and it was a great day.”
*‘Life In A Jungle’, published by deCoubertin Books, is out now priced £20.
To celebrate the release of the book and Grobbelaar’s birthday, a special African night is being held in Liverpool’s Hilton Hotel on Sunday October 7.
Tickets cost £80 each and that includes a three-course African meal, welcome drink, live music and a meet-and-greet with the Kop legend. To buy tickets go to:https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/visitliverpool/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=celebrating-bruce-grobbelaar&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=