Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy confident Leicester and Man City are out of Premier League title race

The Reds lead second-placed Leicester by 10 points and last season’s champions Man City by 14 points.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have won 16 of their 17 Premier League matches so far to give fans realistic hope of ending their 30-year wait for a top-flight title in England.

And Murphy, who played for Liverpool between 1997 and 2004, says he would be ‘amazed’ if the Reds threw their lead away.

He told talkSPORT: “I think it [the title race] is done.

“Is anyone capable of winning three of four games if Liverpool lose three or four? They’ve got to lose four, really, and the other teams have to win while they lose.

“No other team is showing that. Leicester are on a good run, but they have not got the capability of winning games until the end of the season, whereas City did that last year to catch Liverpool [with 14 successive wins].

“I’d be amazed now if Liverpool threw it away, I’d be devastated.”

If Liverpool’s healthy lead at the top of the Premier League table continues into February, they could shift more focus on to retaining the Champions League.

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The Reds face Atletico Madrid, who are currently fifth in LaLiga, in the last-16, with the return leg at Anfield.

Atletico are renowned for their defensive organisation under Diego Simeone and have conceded just 10 league goals this season.

But Murphy insists Liverpool, on their day, can ‘roll over anybody’.

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