Liverpool will face tough competition in their quest to retain the title.
That is the view of their former striker Michael Owen, who went on to win the Premier League as a Manchester United player towards the end of his career.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have forged unassailable lead with seven games remaining of the season thanks to Chelsea’s win over Manchester City last week, but that will count for little next time out.
Owen has named each of City, Chelsea and United as potential challengers, noting the progress of Frank Lampard as particularly impressive.
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“I think they’re [Liverpool] a very, very strong team that’s probably going to be strong for some time,” Owen told Premier League Productions.
“[But]That’s not to say they can’t be caught. Manchester City are a phenomenal team and if they turn it on we’re going to have a great title race.
“Manchester United are the first team outside those two that spring to mind because they’re improving at a rapid rate.
“Chelsea are showing a lot of intent with their signings. They’ve been banned from signing players for some while but now they’re making a big splash and they’ve got some youngsters coming in.
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“Frank Lampard looks like he has the bit between their teeth. There’s lots of teams that look like they could do it [challenge] but I think they’re the main two [as well as City].”
Having said that, Owen is aware of how much talent Klopp has at his disposal, which will give them a great chance of winning a second consecutive top-flight title.
“Look at their team at the moment,” added Owen.
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