John Aldridge believes Liverpool's flying start to the 2016/17 season has encouraged them to not worry about their opposition as he believes they fear facing Jurgen Klopp's side. The Reds have lost only one of the eight matches played in all competitions, which came during their 2-0 league defeat at the hands of Burnley.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager earlier explained that having a full pre-season has been one of the reasons behind their strong start to the campaign. They have bagged 13 points after six matches and are fourth in the table, level on points with third place Arsenal.
In the last three league matches, the Merseyside club have scored 11 goals, while conceding three in the process. This includes a 5-1 victory over Hull City in the previous fixture at Anfield.
Aldridge is delighted with the Reds' progress under Klopp and says they can challenge for the title. However, the former Liverpool striker claims it will be difficult for any Premier League side to catch leaders Manchester City, if Pep Guardiola's men continue their impressive run. City are on top of the league with 18 points, four points ahead of second place Tottenham Hotspur.
"There is that fear factor when teams come up against us now. The goals are flowing and opponents are worried about our pace, movement and ingenuity," Aldrdige told the Liverpool Echo.
"There's no reason for us to be scared of anyone in the Premier League. You have to go for it. If you don't go for top spot then you shouldn't be playing for Liverpool. You aim for the top and then if we end up second, third or fourth we'll take it.
"The energy we showed in the first half against Hull was excellent. We closed them down and never allowed them to settle. The game at Burnley apart, it's been a great start and everyone is buzzing."
"You've got to say that Manchester City look like they are going to take some stopping. I never dreamt Pep Guardiola would turn things around there so quickly,"
"It's going to be really hard for anyone to catch City if they keep playing like they are. But we have to ensure that if they do slip up, we're one of those clubs banging on the door."