By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has not ruled out the possibility of Liverpool being champions.

The Anfield side have had a troubled start to the season on and off the pitch. They have undergone a fractious take-over and, after nine games, are stuck down in the relegation zone.

Despite that, the Arsenal manager named Roy Hodgson's side as one of seven teams still capable of winning the title. The Frenchman suggested the current top five are all candidates and was then asked for the remaining two.

"Liverpool and Aston Villa," Wenger replied. "It looks unlikely that Liverpool will win it but you can't rule them completely out because mathematically the gap is not massive and they have a quality squad.

"Overall it is very tight at the top and two conclusions come out of that. The consistency will be rewarded in the end and that everybody can drop points against everybody.

"Even if you look at the teams that are in the second half of the table at the moment they are not far and, if they have a run of two or three good games, they can aspire to be in Europe.

"I believe that the League is very difficult and you have to be focused for every single game or you will drop points. But realistically seven teams could win the League."

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29 Oct 2010