‘It has to be now’ – O’Hara insists Spurs could beat Liverpool to the title after latest injury

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara believes that the injury to Joe Gomez has blown the title race wide open and that Jose Mourinho side have a great chance of finishing above Liverpool.

The Reds came into the season as title favourites, with Manchester City once again being backed to be their main challengers (BBC Sport).

However, it has been quite a strange start to the season, with any team seemingly capable of turning over any other side in the league on their day.

Eight games into the campaign, Spurs find themselves just a point off Leicester City at the top.

Liverpool confirmed on Thursday that Joe Gomez will be out for a significant part of the season after having surgery on his knee.

With Jurgen Klopp’s side missing their two best centre-backs in Virgil van Dijk and Gomez, O’Hara believes the likes of Spurs, Leicester and Chelsea will believe they can win the league.

The pundit told talkSPORT Breakfast: “It’s an absolute nightmare for Liverpool. You’ve got to feel for them, losing Van Dijk as well; that’s their two best centre-halves out now.

“It just makes it even harder. Even with Van Dijk out, they still had Gomez and Fabinho and looked really strong, but now you take Gomez out of it, it’s going to be really difficult for them.

“It completely opens the whole league up.

“If anyone is going to win the league this season you’ve really got to have a belief now. You’ve got to go, ‘if you’re we’re actually ever going to catch this Liverpool side, because they dominated last season, it has to be now.’

“It’s not a two-horse race in my opinion, it’s more than that. Spurs are in there, you have to put Chelsea in the there and Leicester, too.

“They’re all playing fantastic, if Leicester can keep their team fit and keep [Jamie] Vardy fit they’ve got a chance.

“Tottenham have arguably got the best front-three at the moment with Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son who are just unbelievable.

“The Premier League title is wide open this season.”

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