Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says that Liverpool must be considered as top four contenders after their bright start to the season.
The Red Devils meet their old foes at Anfield on Sunday in what is an eagerly anticipated encounter due to Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season.
Ferdinand admits that it is a little too early to start talking about final placings, but feels that the Reds must surely be mentioned among those fighting for a place in the UEFA Champions League.
"It is too early to say whether they will challenge the top four," Ferdinand told MUTV.
"I don't think they would have been in anyone's reckoning before the season began.
"But they have started the season very well and are looking to put themselves in a good position after those first three games.
"I still see it being between Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal going for that fourth spot."