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'Liverpool's rivals will be worried'

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ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains why Sunday's 3-0 loss to Liverpool was more painful for Manchester United than the average defeat

Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan believes their comprehensive 3-0 win at Manchester United on Sunday will have the club's Premier League title rivals running scared.

United were outplayed at Old Trafford with Steven Gerrard scoring two penalties and missing a third, before Luis Suarez wrapped up the scoring late on.

Liverpool's run-in

  • Cardiff, March 22 (a),
  • Sunderland, March 25 (h)
  • Tottenham, March 30 (h)
  • West Ham, April 6 (a)
  • Manchester City, April 13 (h)
  • Norwich, April 20 (h)
  • Chelsea, April 27 (h)
  • Crystal Palace, May 3 (a)
  • Newcastle, May 11 (h)

The win moved Liverpool up to second, four points behind leaders Chelsea with a game in hand. Rodgers' side are level on points with Arsenal but hold a vastly superior goal difference over them, with Manchester City two points behind them having played two less games.

Flanagan, 21, who has emerged as a key player under Brendan Rodgers this season, says the result that sends out a statement of intent.

"It doesn't get much better for me being a local lad and helping Liverpool win 3-0 at Old Trafford," Flanagan told the Liverpool Echo. "We have put down a marker. Momentum is building.

"I'm sure the other clubs up there will be worried after this result but we are just concentrating on ourselves. We all believe we can do it. We just need to keep pushing on.

"All the lads know we haven't achieved anything yet. Our target was top four at the start of the season and we are on target for that. Anything else is a bonus.

"It was brilliant. It couldn't have gone any better for us really. We dominated from start to finish. It was very comfortable.

"We came here for the three points. We aren't too bothered with where United are, we're just looking to push on and keep improving.

"Before the sending-off we were much the better side and created a lot of chances. It could have been four or five. We had been working hard all week on the training ground and that preparation showed on the pitch."

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