Cape Town - Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has compared Liverpool with Borussia Dortmund and said that their current form could see them pose a serious challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Gundogan, who plied his trade at the Signal Iduna Park-based outfit during a five-year-spell from 2011-2016, completed his move to Pep Guardiola's side at the start of this season.
He has commented on the possibility of Liverpool clinching the title, citing coach Jurgen Klopp as a key-factor.
"It reminds me a lot (of Dortmund), especially looking at the player types. It's all very similar," he told Bild.
"And Liverpool have the giant advantage that they are not playing three-match weeks.
"Kloppo just has the gift to fascinate a team and fire it up.
"The way they are playing right now they are a title contender and an extremely dangerous opponent for us. Klopp can be extremely successful at Liverpool," he continued.
The Germany international did, however, state that the Anfield based outfit have benefited from the Citizens' mishaps in the league.
"It's partially down to us that he's on top.
"When you draw your last three home games against opponents like Southampton, Everton and Middlesbrough and have what feels like 80 percent possession and 15 clear chances than it's also a bit disappointing.
"But of course, I notice that Jurgen does sensational work at Liverpool. The team plays great attacking football, scores a lot of goals and has a lot of quality. Liverpool are an opponent we have to take seriously," he said.
The Reds top the latest league standings, with 26 points out of a possible 33, whilst Guardiola's men occupy third spot - trailing by two points.