Speaking after watching the Reds defeat Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley, the three-time European Cup winner believes that the intensity with which Jurgen Klopp’s side are playing is remarkable, and he has pinpointed the front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane as being especially worthy of praise in this regard.
Goals from Gini Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino gave the Anfield club the points, meaning that they have maintained their perfect start to the season.
“You go back to Barcelona at their very best, you enjoyed their passing and moving football with their magicians like Messi and Iniesta - but it was easy to overlook their work rate,” he told Sky Sports.
“It's the same with this Liverpool team. If they can keep this intensity going, whoever finishes in front of them this season will win the league.”
Indeed, not since the 1989-90 season does the former Scotland midfielder believe he has seen a better vintage from Anfield.
“This is the best Liverpool team since they won the league,” he said. “I think they've got a great chance to win the league. City are fabulous, they've got equally fabulous players, and I think it'll be nip and tuck all the way through if that's the intensity Liverpool can play with.”