Phil Thompson's Liverpool runners-up combined XI

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Liverpool's form so far this season has been imperious, to say the least.

Jurgen Klopp's side went into the international break sitting at the top of the Premier League after suffering just one loss in their opening 11 games.

Even so early on in the campaign, there is a genuine belief that this could be the year the Reds end their wait for a Premier League title and eradicate memories of the nightmare finish to the 2013/14 season.

That year, Brendan Rodgers' men fell at the final hurdle after looking like they already had one hand on the title and ultimately finished second.

But of course, that isn't the only time Liverpool have been runners-up after also missing out in 2001/02 and 2008/09.

Liverpool hero and Soccer Saturday regular Phil Thompson has picked a combined XI of all three previous title-chasing teams and the current side.

Anfield favourites Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard were always going to be automatic selections, meanwhile, Luis Suarez and Michael Owen lead a deadly frontline.

Here is the full line up:

GK: Pepe Reina

RB: Nathaniel Clyne
CB: Jamie Carragher
CB: Sami Hyypia
LB: James Milner

CDM: Xabi Alonso
RM: Philippe Coutinho
CM: Steven Gerrard
LM: Roberto Firmino

ST: Luis Suarez
ST: Michael Owen

The fact four members of the current squad make Thompson's team shows Klopp is certainly on the right track with the setup of his side.

However, the ex-defender also tried to play down Liverpool's chances of going one step further this time around.

"I can't say Liverpool will win the title," he told Sky Sports.

"They've got as good a chance as anybody else but it's only 11 games in. Hopefully, by the time it's 25 games we can sit here and say there's a real chance.

"We've done extremely well so far, and it's not only great to be top of the league, it's also the quality of the football that this side has played which has been truly fantastic to watch.

"[Klopp] has had plenty of time now to work on this high pressing and intensity game. They all understand what the manager wants and the signing of [Sadio] Mane has brought that extra pace which the team was lacking up front, he's been nothing short of sensational. [Roberto] Firmino has been truly magnificent as well.

"People say you need one player who will get you 25 goals and a secondary striker who will get you 15, but this side has players who are all chipping in, and we've also seen goals from the likes of [Jordan] Henderson and [Emre] Can. It's also how many chances they're creating at times, against Watford they scored six but it could have been far more."

It certainly isn't going to be easy for Klopp and co. as the top four are only separated by two points while Tottenham and Manchester United will still have their eyes on the prize too.

With regards to the other Premier League giants hoping to lift the trophy in May, Thompson thinks there are two teams Liverpool will need to watch out for.

He added: "[City are] the best-equipped squad. I've been impressed with the manager and how he's handled the problems they've had. I love Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva is great and [they have] Sergio Aguero as well.

"Chelsea also have a great chance but it's a case of whether they get found out somewhere along the line. The one thing for [Antonio] Conte is his big players like Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are enjoying their football now whereas they weren't last year."

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