By Alex Stevens

Gary Neville has claimed that Liverpool are one of the two leading contenders for the Premier League title.

The Manchester United legend and TV pundit is convinced that Jurgen Klopp’s side and Chelsea have a big advantage in the title race due to their lack of European football this season.

Liverpool went top of the Premier League for the first time in over two years following their 6-1 hammering of Watford last weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have already netted 30 goals from just 11 league matches this season and beaten Arsenal and Chelsea away from home.

Neville admitted that the Reds will “take some stopping” and thinks they can end what will be a 27-year wait for the crown in May, but he believes that Chelsea will also be in the hunt.

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Speaking to Metro, he said: “‘At the moment Chelsea and Liverpool I think purely are putting themselves out in front because of the fact they’re not playing in European football, they’re both confident and they’re going to take some stopping because of the fact they’ve got free weeks and they’ve got preparation time.

“I think at the moment do I trust any of them to say that you’re going to win the league? I’d say no. But I think looking at those two they’re going to take some stopping with the fact that preparation time is key for those teams and we’ve seen it in the past, Liverpool two or three years ago under Brendan Rodgers when they didn’t have Europe they were dangerous.

“Those two teams at the moment are probably the ones on everyone’s tongue but at this moment in time I couldn’t say wholly that I trust them to continue pushing it through.

“If anything at the moment I’d say Chelsea more than Liverpool but I wouldn’t rule out Arsenal or Man City either. It’s so open and so early I don’t think you can even say.”

Liverpool return to action after the international break when they travel to Southampton on Saturday of next week.

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