Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Paul Merson believes Liverpool could find it hard to match Manchester City in the title race hereafter, given the reduced depth within the squad. The Citizens recently took the lead of the table on goal difference to Jurgen Klopp’s side although the latter have a game in hand to capitalise.
Still, Merson does not feel the Reds can match up to the Mancunian giants, given Pep Guardiola’s side can rotate the starting XI when required without necessary weakening the outlook of the team. The former Gunners ace added that the club may regret the loan departure of Nathaniel Clyne to Bournemouth given the other specialist right-backs Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold are still on the sidelines.
Former Liverpool star Gary McAllister believes the Premier League title race will go down to the wire with the Reds set to offer stiff competition to Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently holding a four-point ahead of the reigning champions at the top of the table but they have recently gone through a lean patch with back-to-back defeats across all competitions.
Despite this, McAllister feels the Reds should sort themselves out and the title race could go right to the end with both teams maintaining the momentum, he said: “Losing to City, I'm not going to say it was a surprise. I thought it was a fantastic game - watching the level of quality from both teams. It could have gone either way.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that the Blues are no longer capable of challenging Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title after suffering their third defeat of the season against Leicester City at the Bridge. The west London side are currently 11 points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s side after just 18 games into the season.
Speaking after the Blues’ 1-0 defeat to Leicester City, Sarri stressed that the Blues were never in the title hunt from the start of the season and their challenge has become impossible after the recent run of results. He added that the Blues may need to be wary of the teams behind them with a top-four finish likely to remain the objective for the rest of the season.
Jurgen Klopp believes table-topping Liverpool’s impressive club record-equalling unbeaten Premier League run boils down to improved control.
Liverpool notched a 17th league match without defeat in Saturday’s 4-0 thumping of Bournemouth at Dean Court, where Mohamed Salah bagged a stunning hat-trick.
Liverpool legend John Aldridge has urged Reds manager Jurgen Klopp to consider a potential move for Borussia Dortmund Christian Pulisic with the club yet to pursue a big-money replacement for Philippe Coutinho. Pulisic has just 20 months remaining on his existing Borussia Dortmund deal and this has intensified speculation concerning his future after he revealed his dream of playing Premier League football.
In this regard, the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool have already been credited with an interest in the United States international but Aldridge believes the latter should go for the attacker as he offers similar qualities to that of the departed Coutinho, he said on The Liverpool Echo: “Christian Pulisic would be a fantastic signing for Liverpool. I know Borussia Dortmund have said he's not for sale in January but next summer he will only have a year left on his contract.