Robbie Fowler: 'Liverpool are in the title race on merit'

Steven Gerrard #8 of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's second goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on April 6, 2014
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Robbie Fowler believes that Liverpool are in the Premier League title race on "merit" this season and have a "magnificent" chance to go all the way.

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes that the Merseyside outfit deserve to be in the race for the Premier League title.

Brendan Rodgers's side have moved back to the top of the table following Sunday's 2-1 victory over West Ham United.

After nine wins on the bounce, Liverpool are two points above Chelsea and four ahead of Manchester City, who have two games in hand.

"They are there on merit this season," Fowler told talkSPORT. "They have played very, very well. No-one gave them any hope at the start of the season but I honestly believe that, with the confidence within the group that the manager has given them now, they have got a magnificent chance."

City and Chelsea will both have to travel to Anfield to face Liverpool, who are aiming to lift their first title since 1990.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers encourages his players during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 16, 2014
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