Manchester City CANNOT be ruled out of the Premier League title race, talkSPORT host Simon Jordan has claimed.
Liverpool beat Pep Guardiola’s side 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday to extend their lead at the summit, with the defending champions slipping down to fourth and nine points adrift of their rivals.
It’s the joint-best start to a Premier League season ever, with the Reds’ 34 points from 12 games – 11 wins, one draw – equalling City’s start to the 2017/18 campaign, which saw them eventually crowned champions.
But Jordan believes, given that it’s only November, there is absolutely no way the reigning champions can be ruled out the race yet.
“Manchester City have been the elite team that everyone has been chasing once Pep Guardiola got his head on the English game,” he said.
“It changed people thinking: ‘He can’t come and do this over here.’
“But he did and I think many teams thought they were beaten before they had got to the pitch against Man City.
“Nut Liverpool have always got at Man City and have always asked the question of them defensively.
“We’ve never really known how good or bad, or indifferent Man City are defensively because they are mostly in the other team’s half.
“Liverpool have always asked this question and often Man City can’t answer it.
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“One swallow doesn’t make a summer. Liverpool are in the ascendancy but you would not write off Man City and Pep Guardiola.”
Meanwhile, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes the Reds aren’t even at their best yet.
“Liverpool haven’t hit the heights of last season and they’ve got a bit lucky with some of their results,” he told talkSPORT host Natalie Sawyer.
“But they’re still winning every game, which is incredible and it shows how far they have come with this hunger to win games and stay in games.
“The thing about Liverpool that’s really positive is they are nine points ahead of City and eight points ahead of Leicester and Chelsea without playing that well.
“If Liverpool get better, woah.
“At the moment, their energy, the quality, the balance, the defensive stability, the pace, the quality in the final third with the two full-backs who every time they go forward look dangerous…
“And Sadio Mane has been the best player in the Premier League this season, for me.
“They could go the whole season [unbeaten], although I don’t think they will because you need a bit of luck to do it.
“Liverpool can even play with a little bit of freedom now with that cushion, whereas City know every time they go on the pitch now they have to be on it, because if they lost another and the gap gets to 12 points, all of a sudden it would look impossible.”
Published at Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:57:37 +0000