Graeme Souness thinks Chelsea and Liverpool “are in danger” with Newcastle United looking like they could finish in the top six this season.
The Magpies have been in great form so far this season, only losing one match, with their 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Sunday lifting them to fourth in the Premier League table.
Chelsea have had a mixed start to the new campaign, sacking Thomas Tuchel early on and replacing him with Graham Potter, who remains unbeaten in his first eight matches in all competitions.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have won just four of their first 11 matches after accumulating 92 points last term and Souness thinks Jurgen Klopp’s side and Chelsea are “in danger” of finishing below Newcastle.
“The normal order [at the top of the Premier League] is changing,” Souness told talkSPORT.
“You’d have to say Liverpool and maybe Chelsea are in danger. There could be an opening for Newcastle, definitely in the top six.
“But the team I’m watching right now, if Newcastle maintain this form in terms of performances and attitude and they don’t suffer a load of injuries, they could easily end up in the top four. You have to give them credit.
“It’s looking very good for them. I know how difficult that job is. I know how difficult it is to get everyone onside up there. They’re a frustrated lot and it’s born out of years and years of what they see as underachievement. That was the most difficult job I had.
“But I think the manager has done a fantastic job. He’s improved players like Almiron, who you always liked because he is a workaholic – he’s a buzzer, a fizzer – but he couldn’t buy a goal. Now he’s got five goals in his last five games and looks at home in the Premier League.
“When I saw them play against Liverpool I saw a team that went to Anfield, which is hostile, a difficult place to play and a lot of teams get intimidated going to Anfield, but Newcastle turned up and wanted to take Liverpool on at their own game, and I thought they were fabulous.
“What I saw yesterday against Tottenham was a team that appeared to have no fear and they were fabulous again. On the front foot, aggressive and watching the game they looked a fitter team than Spurs.
“Newcastle right now are absolutely on fire, they’re a delight to watch and they’re a team you do not want to play.
“Right now if you’re a Newcastle supporter you should be enjoying this.”