Manchester United legend, Gary Neville, still believes Liverpool and Chelsea can still catch up with Manchester City in the race for this season’s Premier League title.
Nevile says he ‘expects’ the title race to ‘get close’ towards the end of the season.
City are nine points clear of Liverpool and one more ahead of Chelsea going into the mid-season winter break.
Pep Guardiola’s side won 18 of their 23 matches this term and 12 in a row before Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton.
Liverpool and Chelsea dropped points in the past two months which gave City the opportunity to open a huge gap at the top of the table.
Many pundits have already given the title to Pep Guardiola’s men with four months of the season remaining, but Neville is of the belief there could yet be a twist.
“I think Liverpool are doing really well without two of their main players [Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane],” Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast.
‘Things like [City’s 1-1 draw at Southampton] give a little bit of encouragement. City are a machine and you don’t expect them to make a lot of mistakes – but they could, and Liverpool and Chelsea have got to believe that.
‘But I do think Chelsea have [the squad] and I expect it to get close. I don’t expect this runaway league.
‘It can happen. Liverpool have got it in them if they can keep that 11 together and get Sadio Mane and Mo Salah back flying, but this squad that Chelsea have got, if they can get Lukaku absolutely buzzing…so if they can just hit form between them, they can play three games a week because they can change two players every game and not really have a dip.”