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Flanagan fancies title chances

Jon Flanagan feels Liverpool can challenge for the Premier League title, with the pressure off them in the final charge.

The Reds have been considered outsiders to take the crown since the turn of the year, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal leading the chase.

All of those in the mix have been dropping points, though, while fourth-placed Liverpool have gone seven games unbeaten in the league, winning five, to close to within four points of the summit.

Manager Brendan Rodgers now considers his side to be very much in the hunt, skipper Steven Gerrard claims they are 'dark horses' and because they are not competing in Europe.

Flanagan agrees that a tilt at top flight glory is on the cards and, as a Merseyside native, admits nothing would give him greater pleasure than to help land a first league crown since 1990.

The 21-year-old full-back told Sky Sports News: "We've given ourselves a great platform to work off now.

"For a local lad, not having a Premiership title for 18-20 years, it's in my mind every day. We're in that position now and it is doable with the games that they've got as well.

"All the lads are just looking for the top four and if we're in and around there with five games to go, maybe.

"We're just concentrating on trying to get top four, so anything above that would be great for us.

"No-one's expecting us to go and win that title, so the pressure is less on us than the other big teams around us."