By Laura O’Leary

Michael Owen has labelled Liverpool ‘virtually unstoppable’ as he revealed he believes Manchester City are still catchable and that he wouldn’t rule out the Reds from the title race quite yet.

In an interview with Omnisport at the Golden Foot Hublot Award in Monaco, Owen was full of praise for Jurgen Klopp’s side believing nothing can be ruled out in this stage of the season.

He said: “If Liverpool are on, they’re virtually unstoppable especially at home.

“We’re so early in the season, it’s hard to rule anything out at the moment, there’s a big gap between everyone and Manchester City.

“Liverpool look as if they’re going to be into the next round of the Champions League, the cup competitions are all there; okay, they’re a few points behind where they’d like to be, but the season is still young.”

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Liverpool are fifth in the Premier League with 19 points from 11 games, 12 points behind the undefeated Manchester City.

The Reds’ goal difference is poor in comparison to the current league leaders, with Liverpool having a goal difference of +4 compared to Manchester City’s +31.

The Reds have not struggled for goals this season scoring 21, the third highest amount in the league, but have conceded 17 goals in the process.

There were similar defensive problems last season for Liverpool, but the side still managed to finish fourth which put them in the Champions League for the first time in years.

The Reds tried to address the problems at the back over the summer by signing Southampton’s Virgil van Dijik but were not able to acquire his signature despite the club’s many efforts.

With the international break over, Liverpool return to league action against van Dijik’s side, Southampton, on Saturday.

The Reds didn’t beat the Saints last season in any of their four meetings, suffering defeat in both legs of the League Cup semi-final.

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