By News Team
26th February 2020
Alan Shearer has told William Hill that Liverpool can’t be classed as the Premier League’s best ever side any time soon.
The former Newcastle striker has been thoroughly impressed with the Reds’ season, which has seen them go a stunning 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
However, he still feels Jurgen Klopp’s side have to achieve success over a number of years before they can be seen as the greatest side the Premier League has ever seen.
“They’ve been staggering,” Shearer told William Hill of Liverpool this season. “They’ve just been sensational. Even when they haven’t played well they’ve gone out and got the results, which shows the character and atmosphere they have in that particular football club – so they’re having an incredible season.
“I don’t think you can say yet they are the best team the Premier League has ever seen. But if they go on, keep improving, keep winning leagues, like they’re going to win this season, keep winning Champions Leagues, then I suppose you’d have to look at that and change the answer. But not at the minute, no.”
Former England captain Shearer went on to discus the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 chances, though he feels Harry Kane will need to be fit if they are to be successful.
England captain Kane picked up a hamstring injury in January and is battling to return to action before the end of the season, though there have been some reports he could miss Euro 2020 altogether.
Marcus Rashford is also currently sidelined and Shearer fears Gareth Southgate’s side’s chances this summer will take a major hit with key players absent.
“We need to get some centre-forwards fit, it’s not looking good on that front,” Shearer said. “You just never know, if they can get it going, yes the games at Wembley will be hugely important with the crowds behind them, so you just never know. We’ll need the big hitters fit, certainly Harry Kane fit, if we’re going to be successful.”
With England’s injury problems, Southgate could be forced into attempting to persuade Jamie Vardy out of retirement, though Shearer is unsure if the striker will be willing to make a return to international action.
“Only he will be able to answer that,” he said. “It’s something like 17 goals that he’s got in the league this season so he’s having another very good season. But he said he’s retired – but I’m sure Gareth will either ask him or get someone else to ask him.”
On Newcastle’s season, the Magpies legend added: “It hasn’t been pretty at times with Newcastle, they have to do a lot of defending, but Fabian [Schar] has been a huge part of that and done well. The new players can hopefully impact the team a lot – they’ve got to come in and hit the ground running as Newcastle need the points. It was a disappointing result and performance against Crystal Palace but hopefully things can improve.”