In the commentary box: Review

EWN Sports reporter, Alicia Pillay is all smiles after her beloved Liverpool FC beat rivals, Manchester United on Sunday.

I wasn't surprised when I walked into the office on Monday in my retro 80's LFC top to be met with a barrage of comments from the Manchester United supporters. It was the aftermath of the big game and like with the pre-match banter, the post-match 'spilt milk' was inevitable.

My favourite barb of the morning was 'let's see if you guys are still top of the log when it matters … at the end of the season'. I shrugged off the comments … it's all part of the experience of being an ultimate football fan.

Going into the match all the experts were talking about how important an early goal would be. It was like the script was already written and that is exactly what happened when none other than birthday boy Daniel Sturridge scored what proved to be the deciding goal in the fourth minute, sending Anfield into a frenzy.

The second half saw a determined United wanting to get that equaliser but it just didn't come. Daniel Agger was getting the better of Robin van Persie and the frustration was evident with tackles flying in from everywhere from the Red Devils.

Being 1-0 in the last 10 minutes left my nerves shot but in the end, victory was ours.

I guess the United fans have a point when they reference the end of the season, given Liverpool's recent track record.

The reality is that right now, Liverpool are three from three, top the English Premier League table and haven't conceded a single goal … whether they'll still be there 35 games from now, only time will tell, but the upside is that Brendan Rogers is building a squad that can compete and boy, did they prove that on Sunday!

But EWN Sports' Rafiq Wagiet, who's a fervent Manchester United supporter isn't too perturbed by the events at Anfield.

Three games into the new English Premier League season and Liverpool FC are sitting pretty at the top of the log. It's crazy, I know, but the Reds have played really positive football and actually deserve to be where they are.

However, despite beating United, Liverpool never really dominated and at times even allowed United back into the game as Tom Cleverly and Michael Carrick controlled the midfield.

United failed to capitalize on their opportunities; but there were some positives to take out of the loss. Wingers, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia in particular were really good. Valencia brought a sense of urgency when United were going forward - something that lacked in the first half.

The Red Devils really missed Wayne Rooney … still their best player in my opinion.

Having said that, Liverpool got the goal and the three points - that's all that matters right? Wrong!

There are only three teams (Man U, Man City & Chelsea) in the EPL in my opinion that are capable of actually challenging for the title, with Chelsea being United's biggest threat. Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs are the other three big teams that fight it out for a Champions League spot. But beating these sides is not where the season is won or lost; it's grinding out those tough away wins in the latter stage of the season against the smaller teams. Can Liverpool do that? I'm not convinced just yet. Liverpool will put in amazing performances against United, Chelsea and City, but then lose or draw to the likes of Stoke, West Brom and Southhampton; games that actually define a team's season. If 'Pool can beat the teams at the wrong end of the table, then they can be taken seriously ... three games in, it's too early to call.

It's a bit too early to get excited about your log position. The league is a marathon and not a sprint - it's not won in September, it's won in May. Liverpool will travel to Old Trafford on the 15th of March next year for the return fixture, as the season starts drawing to a close. It's at this stage of the season that champions start rising to the top - something Liverpool have struggled to do in the past - and what United have done season after season.