Ilkay Gundogan has admitted that Manchester City have reason to be fearful of Liverpool this season, with the two currently battling for pole position at the top of the table.
Since joining City this summer, Gundogan has enjoyed a flying start to his career in England scoring five and assisting two in 11 appearances.
A dynamic and majestic midfielder, Gundogan has certainly won over City fans with his performances of late his heroics against FC Barcelona especially.
Aiding City in their battle for the Premier League title, Gundogan is also very wary of City's rivals and none more so than his former coach, Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool.
Having worked with Klopp whilst the pair were at Borussia Dortmund, Gundogan knows how his former boss can rally a side and do wonders with them.
Klopp has gift to push his team, says Gundogan
Speaking with German sports site Bild, Gundogan had nothing but praise for his compatriot saying: "Klopp has the gift to fascinate a team and to push them. The way they are playing right now, they are a competitor for the title and an extremely dangerous opponent."
Gundogan also believes part of Liverpool's red hot form is down to their lack of European games meaning a fresher squad for Klopp to work with but also the fantastic talent he has at his disposal.
A statement that can be backed up with the stats, Klopp's men have scored the most goals so far this season (30) as well as registering the highest number of shots taken (210).
City aren't far behind with 25 goals and 197 shots but City's slump in form has played a large role in Liverpool's rise to the top.
Sitting two points ahead of the Blues, Liverpool are on the road this weekend as they face Southampton whilst City travel to South London for a meeting with Crystal Palace.
City are looking to rebuild some momentum following a deflating draw at home to Middlesbrough last time out and will need a convincing result at Selhurst Park or risk slipping down the table with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur only a point off the Blues.