Ex-Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes his former side’s bitter rivals Liverpool are currently playing like potential Premier League winners.
The Reds have an 100 per cent record so far following wins against Norwich, Southampton , Arsenal and Burnley , and they also earned their first silverware of the season following a penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final last month.
Sky Sports pundit Neville thinks there are already clear signs that Jurgen Klopp’s side could go on to win their first Premier League title ever following their 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.
Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast he said: “I was watching Liverpool at Burnley and I had that feeling. I said last year I thought they were a championship team. They are a championship team. They are playing at a level that could win the title.
“You watched them at Burnley, and they weren’t brilliant in the first 20 minutes, but they go and get a goal and then a second goal.
“You talk about the clinical element of a team. The defensive bit is right, the attacking bit is right, and the midfield looks solid and experienced. They are a title-winning team and they were last year, essentially with what they did.”
Neville also believes the loss of Aymeric Laporte for title-challengers Manchester City could prove to be a big factor in the race for first place.
The French centre-back sustained what looked like a serious injury during City’s 4-0 win over Brighton at the weekend, and he is expected to be ruled out for a significant period of time.
“What I would say is that if Laporte is out for a long time, I think it will cost City points because he is a dominant centre-back,” Neville added. “I saw him in Spain three times and he’s a great player. It’s a real worry for City.”