Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says Liverpool are playing well enough to win the Premier League after their record-breaking 13th straight league victory on Saturday.
As per Sky Sports, Neville said he had a feeling Liverpool were playing like title winners against Burnley, and that Aymeric Laporte’s injury will see Manchester City drop points.
He said: “I was watching Liverpool at Burnley and I had that feeling. They are playing at a level that could win the title. The defensive bit is right, the attacking bit is right, and the midfield looks solid and experienced. They are a title-winning team and they were last year.
“If Laporte’s injury is a serious one, it is a big problem for City. That leader-type figure, Laporte has got that. If Laporte is out for a long time, it will cost City points because he is a dominant centre-back. I saw him in Spain three times and he’s a great player. It’s a real worry for City.”
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In 2017/18, City won the Premier League without a recognised left back with 100 points. Last season, they saw off Liverpool by a point despite the prolonged absence of Kevin de Bruyne.
It’s true that Laporte’s injury, coming on the back of Vincent Kompany’s departure, will ask questions of City at centre half, but Pep Guardiola has made a mockery of injury concerns before and will back himself to do so again.
City keep the ball so well that even makeshift centre halves are only sporadically tested – it was the same for Guardiola at Barcelona.
But Liverpool have started the season so well that even a small drop off from City can be exploited to the absolute maximum, and Neville knows that from what he saw at Turf Moor on Saturday.