Gary Neville rules Arsenal and Chelsea out of the title race

Fans of Liverpool react as the Manchester City team bus arrives prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp's men played out a 0-0 draw with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday, with Riyad Mahrez missing a late penalty for the visitors.

"Obviously they were a bit cautious of the way we played and I think we have earned that respect", said the Holland captain.

The Blues look revitalised under Maurizio Sarri - who replaced Antonio Conte as manager in the summer - and are yet to be beaten in the league.

"It will be between one of Liverpool and City".

They have taken data from City's opening eight league fixtures, against Arsenal (a), Huddersfield (h), Wolves (a), Newcastle (h), Fulham (h), Cardiff (a), Brighton (h) and Liverpool (a).

The league normally starts to take shape after eight to 10 games, and when I look at the top and bottom of the table, it is not too far away from how I think it will finish in May.

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville offered his opinion on Arsenal and Chelsea's title chances.

Klopp said players need a proper break to be fresher, pointing to the case of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson who played for England at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

But when I watch the Gunners, I don't see a team that can challenge for the title.

"It's a good way to start the season".

And to match City, Liverpool must be ruthless against "lesser" opponents.

Evidently, Neville thinks it's still a two-horse race.

'Without Hazard they don't have as much threat.

According to Gracenote, one of the reasons for the reduction in probability of conceding goals is the team cohesion in defence, as most of the back five have played together for more than a year, while the inclusion of Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy has considerably improved the side.

Klopp did not push his full-backs - Andy Robertson and Joe Gomez - up the pitch because he knew City could hurt Liverpool on the break. "Don't write Chelsea out but they need a real 'goal-getter".

"If anything happened to Hazard they'd be in trouble".

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