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This Manchester City side, along with the Invincibles of Arsenal, are the best I've seen in the Premier League. They have set such high standards under Pep Guardiola, hitting 100 and 98 points in their last two title-winning seasons.

That is why it is so incredible what Liverpool are doing right now. To be 11 points clear of the defending champions is remarkable, while they are eight clear of Leicester, too.

Jurgen Klopp will see City as their primary rivals because of their strengths but you cannot write off Leicester — not after what they achieved in 2016. Brendan Rodgers' side also haven't got the Champions League to distract them, so that makes them even more dangerous.

Liverpool have opened up a remarkable lead at the summit of the Premier League table

Liverpool have opened up a remarkable lead at the summit of the Premier League table

We will learn a lot about Leicester this month. Look at their next five fixtures: Watford, Aston Villa, Norwich, Manchester City then Liverpool. By the close of Boxing Day we should know whether they are genuine contenders.

But I've said for a while now that it is Liverpool's title to lose and I stand by that. With their current gap, Klopp and this group of players will never get a better chance to make history at that football club.

To miss out on their first title in 30 years after holding this lead would be devastating. It would be like Devon Loch at the 1956 Grand National — the horse who famously jumped a shadow and fell as he galloped towards the finish line. But I don't see that happening to Liverpool.

Don't get me wrong, there will be bumps in the road, but I sense that this is their time. They have been winning games by the odd goal. Saturday's 2-1 win over Brighton follows recent victories by the same scoreline against Crystal Palace, Villa, Tottenham and Leicester.

Manchester City stars did not know where to look after conceding late at Newcastle

Manchester City stars did not know where to look after conceding late at Newcastle

It's going their way. If it's not Sadio Mane scoring the goals, or Mohamed Salah, or Roberto Firmino, it's Virgil van Dijk rocking up with a brace!

If City were operating at the level they have under Guardiola in the past, then I'd be a fool to say the title is as good as Liverpool's.

But the reality is they aren't right now. Losing Fernandinho from that midfield has caused a disruption, as has the loss of their influential club captain Vincent Kompany.

On Saturday, Klopp's men took to the field against Brighton knowing their rivals had dropped points at Newcastle and they duly took the chance to extend their lead. Then Leicester gave us a reminder that they're in the hunt, too.

But Liverpool are in

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