Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria has referred to Liverpool's domination of the Premier League to argue that Ligue 1 is more competitive than people say.
Very much like Liverpool, PSG are seemingly running away with the title - sitting 12 points clear of Marseille.
The Reds are 22 points ahead of Manchester City in second place.
Jurgen Klopp's men are on course for the earliest ever Premier League title win - with a possibility of being crowned champions as early as March 7.
The ex-Manchester United winger believes any criticism directed at Ligue 1 is unfair - and commented on Liverpool's domination this season to support his claims.
"Every season, teams are stronger, it gets harder to win," the Argentine said to the Ligue 1 website.
"Little by little, the league has become more competitive, and harder to win. Teams have worked out how to play against us.
"Coaches have formulated plans to play PSG, Marseille, Lyon. It's important and I think that it is helping the league now.
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"Many feel the league is weaker than others, but look at the other leagues, look at England!
"Liverpool are streets ahead, and when we build up a similar lead, it's because the league isn't as good?
"There are fewer star names here, but the league is really competitive."
Liverpool are without a league title in almost 30 years, but look set to end that unwanted streak this season, needing just six wins at most from their remaining 13 games to be crowned champions.
Klopp's side are unbeaten in the Premier League, and have only dropped points on one occasion, when they rescued a late point away at Di Maria's former club United.