By Will Butcher
Dietmar Hamann believes Liverpool can still catch Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.
The former Reds midfielder is adamant that his old side have what it takes to close the gap on Antonio Conte’s league leaders, despite six points separating the two sides.
Hamann, a part of the 2005 Champions League winning side, claimed in his Paddy Power blog that Chelsea are not unbeatable.
“Liverpool are six points off the leaders Chelsea, but Antonio Conte’s men are certainly not uncatchable,” Hamann said.
“Chelsea won’t win the next 11 games on the spin that’s for certain. If Liverpool can put a run together and stay within touching distance, they have a chance to catch Chelsea as the season wears on.”
Chelsea have catapulted to the top of the Premier League with 11 straight wins, including three points against the likes of Tottenham, Man City and Man United.
Now six points clear, Chelsea will remain top at Christmas before welcoming Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.
Liverpool will be hoping Eddie Howe’s Cherries can reproduce the heroics of last season that saw Bournemouth earn a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge thanks to Glenn Murray’s side.
Jurgen Klopp’s side could move to within three points of the Blues, if the Merseyside giants beat Mark Hughes’ Stoke at Anfield.
During his seven-year stint at Anfield, Hamann clocked up a total of 265 league and cup appearances for Liverpool and found the back of the net 11 times despite playing in a holding midfield role.
In other Liverpool news, pundit Jamie Redknapp has predicted the outcome of the Boxing Day clash against Stoke.