Andy Gray has told BeIN Sports that he reckons only one Manchester City defender would get into Liverpool’s backline, in the form of French star Aymeric Laporte after the Premier League champions suffered defeat to Norwich City.
Newly-promoted Norwich produced what could already be one of the biggest shocks of the season by earning a 3-2 win over Pep Guardiola’s side at Carrow Road – despite having eight first-team players out injured.
The surprise defeat sees Manchester City sit in second place, five points behind Liverpool. The Reds have won all five of their league games, beating Newcastle 3-1 on Saturday while City have also drawn against Tottenham and sit on 10 points.
Gray claimed only Laporte would get into Liverpool’s defence, which boasts Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip. The outspoken pundit reckons only Laporte has enough to get into Jurgen Klopp’s back line.
“That is one of the main differences between Liverpool and Manchester City,” Gray said. “Only Laporte, would get anywhere near Liverpool’s back four. That is where City’s achilles heel is, defensively.”
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Gray is probably spot on. Alexander-Arnold has overtaken Kyle Walker in the England side, while Robertson is considered one of the best left-backs in European football – with Benjamin Mendy continually struggling with injury.
Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones are renowned for making mistakes, while van Dijk is considered one of the best players in the world. Alongside van Dijk, Matip or Joe Gomez are excellent options. But Laporte is the best of the three.
City will miss Laporte, though, who is sidelined through a long-term injury.