Liverpool have closed the gap on Manchester City and can maintain their challenge for top honours in the Premier League, according to Chris Kirkland.
Chelsea's win over Pep Guardiola's side was City's first defeat of the season in the league and leaves Liverpool one point clear at the top.
The Reds have not won a league title in the Premier League era and former Liverpool goalkeeper Kirkland believes they are quietly mounting a serious challenge to end that streak.
"The league was over this time last year. City were 12 or 13 points in front so it was finished," Kirkland told Ian Stone's Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am).
"For Liverpool to be where they are, while supposedly not playing as well, it speaks volumes. Listen, Jurgen’s not fussed about what anyone says and nor are any of the players.
"The Liverpool fans who go to the games know exactly what they can do.
"The Premier League, it’s a tough league. Every year the so-called lesser teams are getting better, they’re spending a lot more money on players.
"You’ve got no divine right in this league to walk away with it, but Liverpool are going about things nice and quietly.
"They’re letting all the other people do the talking and they’re getting on the pitch, and listen you don’t go 17 games unbeaten unless you’re a decent side."
Liverpool will face a testing festive period domestically with fixtures against Manchester United, Arsenal and City themselves on January 3.
They will likely have to face all three rivals without star centre-back Joe Gomez, who suffered a fractured leg during the Reds' 2-1 win over Burnley last week.
However, Kirkland appears more than confident in the Englishman's potential replacements.
"We’ve got Lovren and Matip to come in as well so we’ve got players who can come and fill the void, but Van Dijk, Allisson, Robertson, and Trent have all been superb," Kirkland added.
"That gives the platform to the front players to go on and score the goals to win the game.
"We’re keeping a lot of clean sheets, but with the players we’ve got you’d fancy us to score in most games."